‘Moray Eel and Staff’ by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd currently on display at Sadie Coles HQ in London as part of her solo exhibition ‘Ze & Per’, which runs until April 7th.
“In her third exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd will present a series of ten new paintings – wall-mounted structures which explode the distinctions between painting, performance, film and sculpture. The works mark a dramatic expansion of Chetwynd’s painting practice, substituting the miniature scale of her long-running Bat Opera series for a newly expansive and multifarious format. Each structure envelops themes and references from her performances, transforming their temporal sequences into giant relief compositions.
In contrast to previous projects, where appropriated imagery has spread across the surfaces of an entire gallery, Chetwynd’s new paintings condense and compress the cacophonous subject-matter of her larger installations within their borders. In the process, painting itself is envisaged as a kind of static and contained performance, but equally as a fluid entity – something to be reconfigured, re-animated or ‘performed’. This idea of fluidity – a freeing of the medium from its typical constraints or specifications – is embedded in the show’s title, which cites gender-neutral pronouns (Ze, Per) as symbols of inclusiveness and possibility, at once broader and more precise than traditional usages.” - Sadie Coles