Suicide Romance

Suicide Romance

18 Sept – 14 October 2009

Chris Wraith, Ian Liddle, Matthew Brotherhood and Jack Duplock

The title Suicide Romance referred to the post punk band Suicide and the pop appropriation of romanticism. The artists all directly referenced imagery from various themes including popular culture, the figure and modernist abstraction. They are brought together for this exhibition because of a collective interest in the art of making.

Chris Wraith makes complex collaged reliefs that reference modernist abstraction but also have allusions to old school computer graphics. He uses the computer as a tool to outline compositions and designs. Though the actual construction of the pieces is done by hand.

Ian Liddle makes beautiful line drawings representing the skeletal structures of animals and the human form as well as collages made from magazines and paint. These collages have a trashy quality derived from a punk D.I.Y aesthetic combined with a strong understanding of the language of painting.

Matthew Brotherhoods work references the language and imagery of popular culture to create drawings and sculptures that have an underlying humour. Brotherhood combines, what he describes as, sad images and comic devices from common culture with his own personal experience and emotions.  Interested in the comic emotions left after the original meaning has become deflated, Brotherhood re-draws imagery that has been over-used or derivative, often from drug, rave and rock culture, ‘it is much closer to real life when you know that something is missing’.

Jack Duplocks work nestles between graphic art and pure painting, between skate punk graffiti and high art. Polar opposites are also key to his references from an obsession with pastoral landscapes, which are littered with hints to rock concerts, transformer toys, heavy metal style occultism and sexual rituals. These motifs are often drawn by pencil on paper cut-outs and inserted into the painted landscape, emphasising the use of assemblage and conscious cultural layering. At the same time the cut-outs are often glued onto the surface with glitterglue, emphasising an awkward and purposefully handmade style. Duplock employs the faux naïve use of materials in contrast with the sophisticated classical composition of his paintings.