Duncan Higgins shows artistic research in Lithuania
What is painting? What is a painting? What do I need in order to make paintings? These are the core questions in Duncan Higgins "unloud" project which will be exhibited at the The National Museum of Art in Lithuania from 26 July 2012 to 2 September.
"unloud" consists of his one person exhibition of 1900 paintings, each painting 10 cms x 7.5 cms, a film screening and a book launch. "unloud" is a collective title for a developing body of artistic research with new iterations of its form and content each time it is presented.
The project is constructed and takes root in an on-going developing enquiry of the questioning and production of painting: What is painting? What is a painting? What do I need in order to make paintings?
"unloud" aims to develop these questions and examine how we deal with moments of erasure or remembering, personally and culturally, that has a direct reference to moments of violence, the ethics of picture making and the construction of cultural memory.
Solovki archipelago in northern Russia presents a case for study that is politically, socially and artistically complex. It is a very central iconic place in Russian history, the North and its connections with UK and Scandinavia and yet I think should also be seen as part of a much wider history; our history that is still unfolding today. Key questions for my research in painting relates to confronting the tension that is found between a literalness and metaphor in certain critical discussion relating to the documentary photograph and the construction of social memory. To call any visual depiction of events and moments a documentary is a potentially dangerous misnomer. Can photographs of unimaginable horror, faith, geographical and climatic extremes or violence be considered as documents? Or is the distance between the experience and the subjective too wide to transcend? One question in this context is how to (re) integrate images through art into historically active conversations about - our - a history of violence. A history it is necessary to recognise and remember, as we are living in it today.
Venue: The National Museum of Art in
Opening: 26 July 2012
This is a further development of Duncan Higgin's current artistic research at KHiB, subject knowledge development and the development of both artistic and educational networks.
Duncan Higgins is Adjunct Professor at Bergen Academy of Art and Design.