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