bernard charnley


- The paintings reiterate a collapse of the normal with unexpected results. Each image can be likened to a theatrical event, where the props are caught in a moment of destruction or drama. Yet that same moment yields a surprising contrast. Colour emerges from, ignites or lights this virtual stage.
These visual metaphors touch on ideas of dystopia, while at the same time releasing a narrative of colour as an emancipatory energy. In turn, ideas of visual beauty are rehearsed and resited within mis-en-scenes of transformation.

-Specific titles become part of the work where decided it is relevant. Giving a title is a process initiated by the artist after a painting has been resolved. This happens when it is considered that the meeting of two symbolic structures (linguistic and visual) can enhance the metaphoric density of the painting. And in that way also suggest a discursive space for engagement.