Pale Uneasy Shapes
Beth Shapeero

15th April - 6th May
Private View: Sunday 15th April 2 - 4pm

Pale Uneasy Shapes is an exhibition of new work by Beth Shapeero at Harrington Mill Studios.

Currently studying for a masters degree in Fine Art Practice at the Glasgow School of Art, Shapeero’s practice is rapidly changing through an explorative, dynamic period of intensive work. In an environment fuelled by critique and study and facilitated by the school’s resources she is using her time in Glasgow to question the inherent qualities in painting, and how these qualities operate across disciplines, mirroring the pluralistic environment of the art world today.

In Pale Uneasy Shapes the process of short, spontaneous bursts of working on multiple pieces shirks the contrived feel of over-contemplated marks. Works have a charged yet unresolved quality. The under-worked aesthetic allows pieces to brood with potential, not everything is given to the viewer, allowing a space on which to project our personal intuitions.

Harking back to minimalist sensibilities; a physical rather than metaphorical quality of the work aims to promote a sense of presencing in the viewer; as opposed to the mind finding meaning, the viewer perceives with mind and body as one. The understanding of weight, form, gravity, texture, movement and viscosity are sensations which appeal to a metaphysical understanding of place. A found material exposes the tangible marks of history and a hand drawn line gives a human trace.

Responding to the architecture and nature of the space at Harrington Mill will inform the placing and formulation of assemblages; the space is treated as a three dimensional painting. Relationships between the space and the works are formed through moments of continuity and repetition. Echoes and an ambiguous sense of understanding try to locate the viewer in literal, non-representational forms and structures. Textures and marks reverberate in couplings. A tension is formed between what is created by chance and what is controlled, such as the considered selection and placing of objects or a purposefully painted line. The works exist in a space between what is given and what is withheld, between the perfect and the imperfect and between empiricism and rationalism.

Beth Shapeero