Head and Whole Exhibition 2

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    Abstract

    ‘Head & Whole 2: Talking Heads’ was a group exhibition of work by contemporary artists including Devane. It is the second in a series curated by Linda Ingham. The exhibition included contemporary visual artworks with historic works with a focus on the human form. In addition to the inclusion of two paintings, Devane also presented a lecture ‘Competence, craft and crisis in representational art’ and a related workshop on ‘The Practice of painting: A transformational approach’, as part of the Gallery events programme. The exhibition was open from 3 September – 13 October 2012, the workshop held 5 October 2012 and the lecture delivered 6 October 2012.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Bibliographical note

    Exhibited artwork, a paper presentation and a Workshop Presentation entitled: The Practice of painting: A transformational approach were given by the author John Devane at Head and Whole Exhibition 2: Abbey Walk Gallery Grimsby: 3rd September – 13th October 2012. The powerpoint presentation of the workshop contains images of the author's artistic works. Author's note: - This output has three distinct components as follows: Exhibited artwork, a paper presentation and a Workshop Presentation entitled: The Practice of painting: A transformational approach. Head & Whole project was founded at Abbey Walk Gallery in 2011, and is an ongoing series of exhibitions and events set up to provide a forum for artists and academics whose primary concern is in aspects of human form and imagery within their practice. Devane’s work was featured in both the 2011 exhibition and the 2012 exhibition. This output refers specifically to the later. Key artists and academics were included in the exhibition and related events and presentations. Devane discussed the use of photographic material, notions of chance and serendipitous connections etc. by approaching the act of painting as a method of orchestrating a sequence of layers. A key aspect of the output was the three hour studio practice demonstration in which strategies for developing painting were explored in the context of Devane’s oeuvre.
    One of Devane’s from the Good & Bad Government series depicts a soldier in an ambiguous space which in turn alludes to the notion of a threshold or portal. This painting was shown alongside a picture by a nineteenth century painter – George Monck: School of Peter Lely, also a picture depicting a military figure. The artist made a presentation and delivered a workshop dealing with the relationship between painting and photography and posing questions about the nature of ‘accomplishment and skill’ in a relation to a contemporary discourse. Devane discussed the use of photographic material, notions of chance and serendipitous connections etc. by approaching the act of painting as a method of orchestrating a sequence of layers. A key aspect of the output was the three hour studio practice demonstration in which strategies for developing painting were explored in the context of Devane’s oeuvre.
    The copyright holder John Devane requests that the images are for educational/research use only. Use of the images in research must be accompanied by a copyright notice and attribution. They must not be changed, altered, transformed or built upon in any way from the original. Images must not be used for public or commercial purposes or otherwise reproduced or distributed without prior written permission from the copyright holder John Devane arx130@coventry.ac.uk. These images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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