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Quodega - Repetition is Good  
 An audiovisual de/reconstruction.

Quodega - Repetition is Good  
An audiovisual de/reconstruction.
31 May 2019 18:00 - 22:00  & 1 June 2019 12:00 - 20:00

Under the guise of Quodega - musician Tom Raybould (Zwolf, Arc Vertiac) will re-contextualise the sonic elements from his new full length composition 'Only Forward' by experimenting within the Shift art space; exploring audio fragmentation within bespoke structures to create a physically explorable soundscape. 
 
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[003] Gordon Dalton & Chris Shaw

Quack
Launch 31 May 2019  18:00 - 20:00  continues until 14th July 2019 -


The common ground of Gordon Dalton & Chris Shaw's paintings forms the focus of Quack. The potential of a duck as a compositional device in a painting, the references to taste implicated in the iconography of this ubiquitous wild animal of the British landscape, the articulation of quackery - bad practice in clinical scenarios - but an attractive position of freedom from structure and a licence for idiosyncratic thought in the role of a painter. The ceramic wall relief duck quacks across a million living room walls. Cheap, banal and very British.

Chris Shaw's work in Quack represents a concerted effort to move into an automatic mode of working. Brushes are banished in an economy of technique - the paintings are playful, yet retain the organised and serious edge of an artist pushing processes and materiality. The subjects directly echo elements from other artists, though they are turned into something unique through this process of working. 

Compositionally they utilise a classic stage-space within the painting. Eye-catching but brash up close, they have a couldn't-care-less aspect which combats a tendency to care too much about things. Natural cautiousness is pushed aside in the name of freedom. Using a sponge to print out the painting, machine-like, gives a low resolution, giant pixel effect, with warmth and depth in the image.

Gordon Dalton's paintings locate landscape within a metaphysical realm steeped in subjective invention, polluted colours, contrasts and awkwardness. The paintings function as though we are looking into a test-space where the elements of a real place resolve and promptly evaporate in a continual cycle of activity. The paintings in Quack primarily deal with the feeling of something lost - they ask the viewer to look longer and harder at what painting is, and why it continues to be curious and fascinating. Drawing on real locations, scenes from art history, memories and places called home, an idea of a place and the emotions of longing are embedded behind the encrusted surface of the pictures.

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Unit 16, Ground Floor,
Capital Centre, Queen Street,
Cardiff, CF10 2HQ
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