Prior to lock-down artist Will Teather was in the last stages of preparing for a new exhibition at Stranger’s Hall Museum, Norwich. The show was to be a series of radical reworkings of artworks from the museum’s collection. One day the exhibition will come to light, but in the meantime the artwork for the show is now being presented online, in a series of videos and blog posts. These feature the artist discussing the work, with contributions from museum curator Cathy Terry. Will Teather, who is the Artist-in-Residence for Norwich Arts Centre, has said:
“It was concerning when the museum closed, although completely understandable considering where we are now. Once the pandemic is in retreat we will stage the exhibition as planned, but it seems right to release what we can online right now. This was originally suggested to me by Pasco Kevlin, Director of Norwich Arts Centre, and I think he was absolutely right. Engaging with the community around you is more important than ever, and online is currently often the best and only way to do it. I’ve received some lovely messages from people saying how much they enjoy the videos and that the arts bring them a sense of comfort and escape in these troubled times.”
The artists new compositions are reworkings of older paintings that hang in Stranger’s Hall, with the intention being to hang the new versions alongside their doppelgängers.
The artist explained:
“Historical paintings are often very carefully composed, as are the examples in the museum’s collection. My fractal reinterpretations are intended to explode the geometry implied within the historical compositions around their key energy points. The results of this process can be described as somewhat psychedelic and seem like a glitched version of the originals, helping viewers perhaps to see the museum collections afresh. I often feel like historic paintings are other worldly, acting as a portal into the past, and these new paintings respond to this idea in many ways. The new artworks are intended as both reactionary and revolutionary, celebrating the underlying structures of realist painting yet creating an automated response, where you could complete many aspects of the new compositions simply by following a list of instructions. The painting process is a mixture of careful planning, painting with a restricted pallet appropriate to the artwork and a series of specialist glazing techniques of my own design.”
The exhibition will feature 5 new paintings, and is currently being presented in installments on Norwich Arts Centre’s website as part of their NAC Stories program. The artist is also sharing details across his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds, alongside peaks inside his lockdown studio.
Will Teather’s work has been exhibited internationally to acclaim, with recent exhibitions including New York’s RJD Gallery, Artwars at Red Dot Miami and as a finalist in the London Contemporary Art Prize. His studio is based in Norwich, where he is the Artist-in-Residence for Norwich Arts Centre, following on from previous residencies with venues in New York and Aberdeen.
The project has been supported by Arts Council England, Norfolk Arts Service and Norwich Arts Centre.
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