So yesterday as a group interested in Contemporary art we spent some time at the Stephen Friedman
|Ged from The Independent newspaper article|
Looking at the Wikipedia entry on Ged one can see he's an interesting guy having co-written a pop hit and studied at some impressive institutions.
Now on to what I thought/we thought of the works in the exhibition, well the first paintings we saw were big ones (and as time goes by I now realise this big is not necessarily a good thing with paintings) the works were Tarsus, From a Distance (2013) and Ava Gardner Loves our Country (2014).
The works also appeared to me as pastiches (but this I'm told is/can be a description of post modern works) the influences were immediate Magritte, Dali but also the British Romantics of the 19th Century like Sir Charles Lock Eastlake ( Byron's 'Dream' and The Colosseum for examples).
In hindsight and having looked at more of thew works I now think that Ged is not only a technically proficent artist but also saying some interesting things and producing work that repays some effort- I wouldn't say that I have achieved an understanding of what he is doing and I am conscious of the danger of feeling that I''m being 'privy' to some knowledge by my experience which may be illusory and in itself detracts (perhaps) from the 'value' of the work.
There is a danger of playing spot the reference - I think I saw a touch of the Mondrians (The Tree A ?) in Happy Unbirthday Margerete (2014) but with a title like that you can be sure there's some painterly equivalent to 'sampling' going on.
As a former band member of various rock/pop groups I suppose that Ged is bound to indulge a magpie like picking from others - if you get a chance do take a look at what Ged is doing, I think he is ploughing his own
If you are near the Friedman Gallery you might take a look at this it's called 'The Sun' and is in Berkeley Square it's by Dale Chihuly
Talking of paintings I remain grateful to Nick Pearson for highlighting another British artist Patrick Caufield - I often find life reminding me of his work - I suppose an interest in Art can help you observe and enjoy the everyday. this photo felt like something in Caufield's works to me (perhaps Entrance 1975.....
After Entrance 2014