Still life painting is a concern with the everyday of the domestic table, depicting objects whose forms are so ancient as to be archetypal such as jars, bowls and cups. Recent paintings and drawings are within that tradition but find their source material in the ‘Film Noir’ of 1940’s Hollywood.
With the focus on human action; Still Life objects in these films revert to a secondary and blurred background role. Often made on a small budget the film can be over or under exposed which also makes the distinction between object and light less clear.
I find the potential in this blurring liberating and valuable, it gives me the opportunity to build from new, discover something that is on the way to becoming rather than already arrived.
Mathew Gibson. Lives and works in London, UK
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