The Indiscipline of Painting at The Mead Gallery

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The Indiscipline of Painting is a telling title. It tells how this period of art, the abstraction of the 1960s onwards, proposes a playful alternative to the discipline, or tradition, of painting for hundreds of years before. And like any young teen acting up, it’s wonderfully, but harmlessly cheeky.

You can feel the adolescence of these pieces on display, observing how they grow into something very new, but not wholly to the detriment of the old. Take for example, Steven Parrino’s ‘Untitled,’ which is a silver-spray painted canvas, detached, crumpled and then reattached on the skew-wiff so that what is seen is more than an alternated front, but also what was before the back and sides. The artist did not paint or acquire anything that constitutes the tradition of painting to then scrunch it in a form of destruction. He chose instead to paint a shiny new surface. This is…

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