Andrew Grassie 'Ingleby Gallery with Buren' 2008 tempera on paper, 13 x 19.5 cm
Courtesy Maureen Paley, London
& DANIEL BUREN
OPENS: Saturday 5th April
CLOSES: Saturday 12th April
PREVIEW: Bloody Marys will be served on Saturday 5th April from 12 to 3pm - All Welcome, please come along
During the exhibItion the gallery is open every day from 10am to 5pm.
This exhibition, the twentieth in our current series, is the most clear distillation yet of the premise behind our years' programme. Grassie and Buren present a complete engagement with the space, and with each other.
Following our invitation to contribute to this series, Andrew Grassie asked to show alongside celebrated artist Daniel Buren. The work of both directly addresses the places in which they are made, and the ways in which we look at and perceive things. Buren's lifelong concern has been not just the artwork itself, but its context, the space that supports and frames it and which is in turn coloured and changed by his interventions. With Grassie's paintings, we are confronted with a near photographic representation of the space in which we find ourselves.
Grassie's brilliant but not uncomplicated suggestion for this exhibition was in several parts: that Buren be invited to create a wall painting in the gallery which would then be photographed by Grassie who would in turn use the resulting photograph in his London studio to produce a painting perfectly replicating it. This painting would ultimately be hung during the exhibition in exactly the same point from which the photograph was taken. Buren's wall painting will be painstakingly re-made a second time for the week-long exhibition itself.
Thus when shown together in the gallery the two works set up a very confusing riddle of how they have come to be, particularly for any viewer who is aware that any one of Grassie's paintings takes many months to complete. Though it seems to present us with a mirror-image of our surroundings, a prolonged and curious gaze might discern a clash between the painting's cold, wintry light and the warm spring sunshine now filling the gallery, so revealing a temporal in-between: of our being in the space, and his.
Andrew Grassie was born in Edinburgh in 1966 and studied at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art, London. Completed after many months' of work, each extraordinary painting is made on the same small scale using tempera on paper. In the past two years Grassie has held solo exhibitions in London and New York, and completed 'New Hang', an exhibition for Tate Britain's Art Now series in 2005. Andrew Grassie is represented by Maureen Paley, London.
Daniel Buren was born in France in 1938. His distinguished and important achievements over a career spanning more than four decades are too numerous to mention here, but this will be the first time in over twenty years that his work has been shown in Scotland and we are honoured that he agreed to make a significant new installation for this exhibition. Daniel Buren is represented by Lisson Gallery, London.