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"What is Any Thing? Paintings by Georgia Hayes"
2003-06-04 until 2003-06-29
Cafe Gallery Project
UK United Kingdom
The first major London exhibition of the work of Georgia Hayes since her
showing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in March last year is
to be held at Cafe Gallery Projects in June. Her work, described by
director of the Arnolfini Caroline Collier, as "brave, crazy, generous"
caught the eye of Barry Schwabsky who wrote in Art in America of Hayes's
"strange visionary intensity."
Others have called her works "sumptuous.. a reconnection with the
tradition of figurative painting,... taut with a dynamic and a sense of
colour and excitement that is joyfully snatched from Modernist
abstraction." (David Laing, Harriet Green Gallery)
"Hayes paintings manage a tremendous amount and tend to be of emphatic
human scale...... A sense of openness crosses with densely painted but
sparely populated images of person and/or place. (The images are)
destabilised and left to float away from fixed references or
association. Each painting retains, at the same time, an uncanny and
often humorous specificity about certain elements within it; and with it
the recognition of something familiar and understood." Sacha Craddock.
Speaking of her approach to painting, Hayes says; "I hope to uncover and
make connections that come about through painting in a free way but
include a focus on some subject. The subject is not exclusive to itself.
Connections and references from other times and places add to and change
it, so that the subject becomes as free and fluid as the paint. I want
the paint and the painting to be energetic (have life), which may be
partly due to the tension between marks, spaces and colours and partly
due to the concentration of energy at the moment of painting. Things
have to look like themselves in some unique way. Often it is the
opposite to how I think they look and yet seems to be absolutely
appropriate to the subject. It is as if the act of painting itself
allows things to show themselves in another way. "
Bride's Head (2001)
oil on canvas
78 x 78cm