Nick Carrick & Ilona Szalay
Terra Incognita (Unknown Land)
At the Project Gallery — 3rd to the 28th October 2014
Opening hours Tuesday – Saturday 10am–5pm

Terra Incognita

Terra incognita is a Latin phrase meaning ‘unknown land‘, describing regions that have not been mapped or documented.
The world is large but in us it is as deep as the sea. RM Rilke
Terra incognita is a two person painting show, which explores the human fascination with being lost or misplaced. What we encounter on the way and the journey always being more important than the destination.

Both artists in this show use the medium of painting to explore their own psyche. Using representational metaphors for existential crisis. By experimenting with surface and texture they encourage chance encounters, which are in a liminal state of abstraction and representation, departure and arrival.

The Artists
Nick Carrick - Statement
I use nature and the representational world as a springboard into abstraction for my paintings, both being subjective and objective starting points in my work. The subject matter is diverse, ranging from newspaper clippings, old photos, personal memories both poignant and insignificant, and things that capture my attention on a walk or train journey. Abject beauty to me often lies within the mundane and banal that is so often overlooked in everyday life.
Painting is a metaphorical train journey, the journey more often than not being more important than the final destination. The process is the construction of a visual diary, a scatter shot approach of seemingly random source material linked by emotional metaphors that use allegorical references. This is done through the act of painting to capture texture, colour, weight and surface detail, within this they start to take on a life of their own.
Carefully handpicking materials that is diverse, obscure and abstract from its original context I create responses that manipulate and obscure the original subject, sometimes with only a hint of recognition towards the original source of inspiration, resulting in an orchestration of form; a symphony of visual stimuli. These sometimes compliment and at other times juxtapose upon the canvas. They are stripped bare and freed from their referent. I exploit chance from the beginning and capture incidents, which later infiltrate and manifest into other works.

Ilona Szalay
Ilona Szalay’s paintings trace a path through a world of conflict and power play, a place of rigid hierarchy and fierce competition. Using a spare, concise visual language the work explores notions of vulnerability and beauty, dominance and submission, violence and control. The work seeks to investigate the tension between protection and control and as a result there is an ambivalence in the images, a questioning of motive/morality, and an examination into our impulses to both create and destroy.
The pictures are permeated with a lonely sense of yearning and a poignant straining towards something infinite. The secrecy (or secret) itself becomes a subject, and a modus operandi, an inner core to be protected, watchfully, from a hovering menace which resides, perpetually, just outside the frame. The status quo is maintained through these crude power relationships - subjugation of some, suppression of much - and there is depicted a rough kind of containing engendered by an endless repetition of clumsy compromise.
In her video work she uses stop motion animation to create free-wheeling narratives of oil paint on glass. These 'moving paintings' exist only in recorded form as each drawing is extinguished to allow room for the next, as such the work is ephemeral and spontaneous, the images dissolving into each other and sliding across the surface of the glass. The pictures tell of metamorphosis, desire, dreams and death.
There is an intensely visceral quality to the recent paintings, a sense of abundance, of gorging, stuffing or flooding, and a sense that something is being simultaneously illuminated and obliterated on the surface of the glass. This sweeping away is combined with tight pockets of controlled activity. These knotted, or knitted, places tell of beings grappling with one another in ways both hostile and benign.

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