Hatton Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
An Exhibition of Appropriated Monochrome Art
Presented by Paul Jex
At a time of unprecedented interest in the role of colour, appropriated imagery and ownership, Something Else celebrates a paradox; the lush beauty that results when artists assign colour decisions to chance, readymade source, or arbitrary system.
For some artists, Monochrome Art reduced painting or sculpture to its simplest essence so that the focus of the piece would be on its pure physical elements; colour, form, texture or the way in which it was made. Appropriation Art relates to the use of imagery, objects and resources to re-contextualise the original idea or outcome. These can include the reproduction of art work, the use of art work as source material or the use of actual artefacts.
Something Else is devoted to these pivotal roles of Appropriation Art and Monochrome Art. Accompanied by anecdotes, Paul Jex looks into the various use of the monochrome via appropriated images, objects and reproductions as a method of commentary including socio-political consequences, sexuality, gender bias and institutional critique. For Jex, it is the involvement of looking; the allowance of time and the gallery itself to ref lect on the reverie and notion of possibilities. For it is the distances, the boundaries and the impact of art that Jex focuses on.
For Something Else, Paul Jex has selected artists whose work is assigned and governed by his rules relating to Appropriation Art and Monochrome Art. Importantly, Jex wants the exhibition to deliver more than just a ‘treat it as a sketch’* approach to the single colour in art.
Appropriated Artists: Sylvie Fleury, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, IMI Knoebel, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Louise Nevelson, Hélio Oiticica and Charles Ray.
* Jonathan Jones, The Guardian. Keep it simple! Art goes monochrome. 27 October 2017
Photograph courtesy of Kirsty Harris