In the Daytime by Rebecca Partridge
Starts Saturday 10 Sep 2011
Ends Thursday 1 Dec 2011
, C/ Estanyera 2 - 07150 Andratx
The CCA Andratx is pleased to present the new exhibition by British
artist Rebecca Partridge (1976). The CCA Gallery houses a selection of
intimate landscapes inspired by the mountains that surround the building
and which have been made in response to her stay at the CCA
The viewer will have the opportunity to discover Partridge's
interpretation of the Mallorcan nature, fully enjoyed by our artists in
the studios. Her intense and chromatic paintings and watercolours place
us behind the window of the "Studio Azul" which she occupied during
March of 2011.
“IN THE DAYTIME”
Paintings by Rebecca Partridge
I once asked Rebecca Partridge why most of her landscape paintings
were painted as vertical tableaus, and her answer was as simple as it
«Because I see them as windows.»
Utilising this new piece of information I started viewing her work a
little differently. Suddenly it was as if I, the onlooker, could place
myself in front of the painted canvases and use them as a certain type
of machine – a time and space machine – with which I could allow myself
to enter her world. As seen through the lush brush strokes emulating the
fog over a moor, the crooked edges of a tree line disappearing into
tactile oblivion, a sea confidently crashing into existence. It was as
if I could move into the framework – practically become Caspar David
Friedrich with the walking stick in The Wanderer Above The Fog – expand
the painting in all directions around me and poke the stick into
something previously untouched, something private, that now also
belonged to me.
In conversations she has professed that a set goal in her art
practice is bridging the gap between painter and onlooker, and
presumably doing so by setting up a line of communication that extends
itself through the painting.
This, she struggles to achieve, by painstakingly immersing herself in
the painting process – turning it into an active meditation – and
transferring that effort into the very pigments of the paint, leaving an
energized, painted field for the onlooker to in turn immerse herself
A landscape if you will, embedded in a phenomenological co-existence.
In it you can ride the crests of metaphorical waves, see them build
up to sweep across cold, blue imaginations. Hover above a vast expanse
effortlessly, and stretch out coolly on the great divide. Plant your
feet on warm beaches never before experienced, on heaths never before
felt. See trees rise towards the light in forests that apparently hold
In it landscape can explain itself in transversal geometry, allowing
that which is normally perceived as chaotic clusters in nature to
perform as ordered systems; carefully conceived patterns that invariably
echo the intuitive balance of nature. Beautiful shards, like in a
microscope, that reveal the backbone of an entity that ordinarily evades
Language -one suspects- is often insufficient in transferring ideas
and views, so painting then -one hopes- can possibly expand, and
broaden, the horizon on which our life's exchanges are made.
This at least, is the hope that Rebecca Partridge's paintings have come to install in me.
- Bjarte Alvestad, 2011
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