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Superpaintings - Transition Gallery

Work by James Connelly and Oliver Bancroft

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Superpaintings, featuring the work of James Connelly and Oliver Bancroft, will be on display at Transition Gallery from May 18 to June 19, 2013.

Superpaintings features eight new paintings made in collaboration, for the first time, by two old friends who met at art school in the late 1990s. It is a friendship that started because of a shared infectious sense of humour, a love of old-master paintings and a tendency for late night disco dancing. All of these traits are apparent in the new paintings.

The paintings re-enact a dance move from the 1981 cult hit song Superman by Black Lace. Dance moves include clapping hands, walking, swimming, skiing, spraying deodorant, sounding a horn, Macho Man, ringing a bell, and the Superman.

As society suffers cuts from tightening-of-the-belt austerity measures, one has to remember that, maybe, in the bigger picture Neitzsche and Black Lace were right after all.

The process of painting is no longer just something that painters share by talking and viewing the finished piece. Using cutting edge technology the artists add a new dimension to the discourse of painting by creating an augmented celebration of the superman.

The history of each painting will be able to be viewed in the gallery by holding a mobile device to the subject of the work thus unfolding the life and process of the artwork.

Superpaintings is one of a series of shows at Transition that examine ideas around collaboration. The subject is also examined in Garageland 15: Collaboration, published in April 2013.

Times: Friday to Sunday 12 – 6pm.

Transition Gallery, Unit 25a Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London, E8 4QN