WHAT IS NOT BUT COULD BE IF
We 24th March 2010, What Is Not But Could Be If blogspot
What is not but could be if, is a group show by four artists; Charlie Billingham, Leah Lovett, Melis van den Berg and Adam Parkinson, working in various disciplines from video and new media to painting, live art and sculpture. The work deals with the potentiallitty at the heart of each of their practices, be that a fictional narrative or proposed future.
In his most recent work Billingham has taken two of Seuratâs most famous works, âBatherâs at AsniĂšresâ (1884) and âSunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatteâ (1884-1886). The original paintings work as a pair, raising a number of serious socio-political issues, but now they can only be seen together in print. Billingham has created full size reproductions in exaggerated half-tone, the resultant lack of detail from this translation is evocative of the inability to see the originals as they were intended highlighting the poignant loose of meaning and context both images suffer.