This September, Pangolin London will open a group exhibition curated by artist and
magazine editor Marcus Harvey.
Two and a Half Dimensions is a phrase Harvey employs to describe the ‘gateway’ from wall
based painting to sculpture. The exhibition brings together paintings whose preoccupation
is with three dimensionality in its most direct sense and floor-based sculpture that reflects
the painterly and imagistic.
Harvey explains: ‘Two and a half dimensions’ is a term coined by Harry Thubron (who taught
at Goldsmiths in the 80’s) to describe a wall-based piece of work that grew out from the picture
plane to extend pictorial space literally. This is an intriguing ‘zone’ because it has the property
of conferring a sense of the super real. The constituent parts are allowed to defy gravity and
their straining attachment to the picture plain makes them neither illusionistic nor a sculptural
object. This has always been an exciting space for me, either to load up with paint or to secrete
a found object. I am not simply wanting to look at this idea as wall-based work but want to
pursue the urge that painting has to detach itself from the canvas and present itself as a lump
or a dynamic entity in the world.
Two and a Half Dimensions features a range of artists from Sir Anthony Caro and Harry Thubron to recent graduates, which reflects Harvey’s preferred model of looking at a subject by using a cross generational mix of established and emerging practitioners.
Tina Jenkins (runner up in this year’s Marmite Painting Prize) has a strange method of construction/deconstruction. She paints multi layered abstract paintings onto plastic sheeting and remembering what went where, peels or flays back the skin of the surface and leaves it curled and drooping like a Navajo saddle blanket.
For years, Richard Clegg has literally deconstructed the canvas by casting it in translucent polyester resin as a sculptural object along with the easel and brushes. Reminiscent of Jasper Johns’ bronze cast of soaking paint brushes, Clegg’s work incorporates the artist’s essentials into the art work itself.
Further artists include: Adam Walker, Richard Clegg, Harry Thubron, Ian Dawson, Anthony Caro, Hew Locke, Edward Lipski, Martin Westwood, Sophie Newell, Jeremy Butler, Tina Jenkins, Corin Johnson, Frank Lisle and Marcus Harvey.