Pilar Corrias

Mary Ramsden: Swipe

23. 01. – 27. 02. 2015

Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Lick 4
Mary Ramsden
2014
Oil on board 76 x 61 x 3.5 cm Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
One-two
Mary Ramsden
2015
Oil on board 2 panels: 26 x 17.8 x 3.5 cm (each) 26 x 36 x 3.5 cm (overall) Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Zerstörung
Mary Ramsden
2015
Oil on board 2 panels: 60 x 45 x 3.5 cm (each) 60 x 90 x 3.5 cm (overall) Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Lurid and Cute
Mary Ramsden
2015
Oil on board 25 x 18 x 3.5 cm Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Big Hand
Mary Ramsden
2015
Oil on board 76 x 61 x 3.5 cm Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Remote
Mary Ramsden
2014
Oil on board 51 x 41 x 3.5 cm Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Search 'ways of waiting' 2
Mary Ramsden
2015
Oil on board 76 x 61 x 3.5 cm Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
“...all milkshake and ice-cream.”
Mary Ramsden
2015
Oil on board 2 panels: 60 x 45 x 3.5 cm (each) 60 x 90 x 3.5 cm (overall) Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Hold Still
Mary Ramsden
2015
Oil on board 3 panels: 76 x 61 x 3.5 cm (each) 76 x 183 x 3.5 cm (overall) Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Hold Still
Mary Ramsden
2015
Oil on board 3 panels: 76 x 61 x 3.5 cm (each) 76 x 183 x 3.5 cm (overall) Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Sunroof
Mary Ramsden
2015
Oil on board 2 panels: 50 x 40 x 3.5 cm (each) 50 x 80 x 3.5 cm (overall) Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
“...this television is just a large, broken radio with abstract art on the front.”
Mary Ramsden
2015
Oil on board 2 parts: 50 x 40 x 3.5 cm (each) 50 x 80 x 3.5 cm (overall) Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Search 'ways of waiting' 1
Mary Ramsden
2015
Oil on board 76 x 61 x 3.5 cm Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015
Phreaker
Mary Ramsden
2015
Oil on board 51 x 40.5 x 3.5 cm
Installation view: Mary Ramsden: Swipe, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 23 January 2015 - 27 February 2015

For her second solo exhibition at Pilar Corrias Gallery, Mary Ramsden creates new abstract compositions that embed the tension between action and redaction, noise and quiet, attraction and repulsion. Gestural marks define the ground of the paintings, characterised by a complex colour palette, which activate the surface of the canvas. Contrasting this fast-paced dynamism is the decisive masking, in bold monochrome strokes, which brings a physical weight to the paintings and conceals in its resolve the noise beneath.

In a recent text on Mary Ramsden’s works, writer and curator Tom Morton relates them to our digital age, the ‘drag ‘n’drop era’: “In an age of scroll and swipe, of capture and copy, there remains something fugitive about these works. Forms overlay each other, like windows open on a laptop screen, and pigment spills over the lip of the picture plane, where it collects in the neglected edge zones of the canvas, underscoring the physicality of the painted image, and the business of taking it in.”

However, when discussing the slick screen of tablets and smartphones, the artist is more attentive to the residual figure marks that smear the reflective surface than their untouched allure. When looking at Mary Ramsden’s work, even the monochromatic‘skins’and ‘wraps’reveal an active surface caused by the direction of the brushstrokes, or by the use of abrasive sandpaper. The artist places an emphasis on the materiality of the painting as an object that has been handled: working on board, canvas and other surfaces such as aluminium, she incorporates the painting’s edges –where drips of paint accumulate and spill over the frontal plane and day-glow colours reverberate off the wall suggesting a hum of artificial light surrounding the work.

Mary Ramsden (1984) lives and works in London. Her most recent exhibitions include: Panda Sex, State of Concept, Athens (2014); New order II: British art today, Saatchi Gallery, London (2014); Consommé, Kinman, London (2013); Open Heart Surgery at The Moving Museum, London (2013); Temple Bar in Dublin (2012); and New Contemporaries, UK (2009).

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