I find all this very hard to write, to pin down what I am doing and why. Just to log what I’m thinking now about this mini show at York City Screen which I’m hanging today.
Press Release (3/09/09)
Louise Marchal / Screen Play: Recent pieces from an ongoing body of work that examines our contemporary relationship with the screen, as the host for images seen through a glass (darkly), as a mirror of some collective truth or as a reflection of a subjective stratum. The contemporary screen is the exit from the individual level of existence onto the internet. Computer games associated the screen with play, yet through these images of play we dally with ideas about our existence and position in the universe. Painting always projected images onto a type of screen: the canvas, the wall, and increasingly we project images onto unlikely hosts. These works are models for Marchal’s larger scale paintings, but also exist as works in their own right.
These are recent pieces of work, (prints, drawings, cuttings and collages) that also function as models and studies for paintings. I paint but am continually reassessing the relevance and role of painting within contemporary society. For me, at the moment, painting is exciting because it reflects a hand / eye reaction of the brain towards a subject. I am interested in our contemporary relationship with images and especially one that is increasingly involving the screen.
These studies follow a line of enquiry where the real and natural is simulated on the screen using man made technology, but where the play of pixels, how they behave / misbehave to the eye is a natural physical phenomenon of light / electricity / magnetisim etc etc . In the mix of natural and manmade patterns and fabric I am thinking about order and chaos on both sides. Marbling features heavily in my current work because I associate it with chaos and the sublime; with a certain type of leather bound book containing philosophy, science or literature, and often featuring as the only colour image within the book.
The contemporary screen is the exit from the individual level of existence onto the internet. Computer games associate the screen with play, yet through these images of play we subconsciously dally with ideas about our existence and position in the universe.
These are themes already explored to some extent in my previous work. If you are interested please visit http://www.louisiem.com