Gabrielle Raaff

Echoes from the South. Solo Show 2019 (Portfolio)

This is Raaff's second solo show with SMITH.

Gabrielle Raaff describes with glee how the act of making a mark in a wet on wet painting process dissolves her intended stroke into something unexpected because of the movement of the paint. Her act of painting is thus a wrestling between intention and chance and an undoing of certainty. It is about finding a form of painterly mastery by working with the unexpected actions of her medium. As final images, her paintings in ink and water-based oil paint on cotton and linen attest to an intelligence of fluidity and a mastery of visual intuition. ‘Echoes from the South’ continues Raaff’s investigation of the photographic image in the medium of painting but is also a sympathetic investigation of the juxtaposition of the shocking and banal realities of a suburban neighbourhood, and how two realities can exist in a single experience.

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