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Caragh Thuring

Until 1st February 2015 the Chisenhale Gallery in London presents a new body of paint by Caragh Thuring in her first solo exhibition.

Caragh Thuring

Through her paintings, Caragh Thuring examines the speed at which images are consumed, asking exactly how much information is required to satisfy intention and how slowly the process of looking can unfold. With this new body of work Thuring explores pertinent questions surrounding contemporary image making such as the value of time and how this contributes to generation of meaning. Several paintings are derived from large picture windows in Dutch suburban homes, where idiosyncratic displays of vases, plants and knick-knacks are often arranged in pairs. Thuring perceives the windows as self-portraits of their owners.



Credit: all images by Chisenhale Gallery, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery. Photos: Andy Keate.


Considering the dual function of the windows as devices for observing and for being observed, in these works the objects become substitutes for traditional portraiture. The images are interrupted by reflection, surface and a constant reversal of interior and exterior space, disrupting straightforward readings of psychological perspective, as marked by the boundary of the window frame.



Photo: Richard Ivey


Further works emphasize the canvas as a territory to be mapped. Two paintings, shown back to back, list all the churches within the Square Mile of the City of London. Each name is sprayed with industrial line marking paint and packed densely within the fixed limits of the canvas. The words sit solid and immovable as the churches: timeless and untouchable buildings, which appear as unintentionally rebellious spaces, standing defiant amongst the constant flux of London’s overdeveloped financial center.




Absent of hierarchy in subject matter or use of materials, Thuring’s paintings are loosely constructed exploring recurring motifs, including pyramids, brick work, volcanoes and the human silhouette. These speculative environments are rendered with economy of means and leave large tracts of empty linen. For Thuring, the process of making work can be likened to editing film. Her paintings unfold in time: images stall and stutter, giving way to silence and space for thinking and looking.


In January the artist exhibits at two events in Chisenhale Gallery:


A tour of the exhibition led by Clarrie Wallis, Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art, Tate at Saturday 24 January, 2pm and a performance by Jamie Bradley of a text assembled by Thuring on Thursday 29 January, 7pm.



Chisenhale Gallery
64 Chisenhale Road

London, E3 5QZ

+44 (0)20 8981 4518



- By Gabriele Epple

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