Upcoming Exhibition
Jeanne Gaigher – Mind Middle
21.06.– 27.07.2024
Opening tonight
20.06.24, 6 – 9 pm
Jeanne Gaigher – Mind Middle, Installation view
 
Jeanne Gaigher’s compositions and layering of materials, particularly gauze and canvas, transform the body into a space where narrative accumulates. It exists in symbiosis with its environment, which blossoms, decays, and disintegrates. To maintain balance between the two, an anatomical form becomes visible within the terrain.
Just like the figures in the work test out the limits of their given body, so does the paintings start testing the limits of their edges.
The figures in the work are often interrogating one another or is being interrogated by the place they find themselves in. Or they desire to understand themselves and desire to connect with the place they reside in. How does this questioning or making one another reflect on their presence express itself in material form? The material can push the figure into a mode of such physical self reflection that it looks like something fading away. Or the figure can dig so deep that the surface of the skin becomes a watery substrate to plunge into. The material can work the surface and break open the solid line of the drawing that makes up a fully formed being.
Middle? Being spoken to from the back (history) and from the front (present)
Middle in material form: a delicate relationship between materials and marks and what is seen and what gets lost to the eye or even better just hidden. This is carried out until it becomes a situation or a constructed thing.
These layers don’t exist solely to complete a single image; instead, each layer harbours a distinct intention, energy, life, time, and subject. Each material layer competes or negotiates with the one beneath or above it; this pursuit of interruptions in every element in the paintings and drawings bend and compromise each other’s form. The coexistence of many intentions in a single work creates a sensuality and fragility in its movement that resembles an anatomy of a living being with a dynamic presence, bursting from its scenes and seams.
Mind is hopeful
Middle is the surface, the consequence, the evidence
Mind Middle is the cycle between the two
Mind Middle 6, 2024
Acrylic, ink, watercolour, scrim, raw canvas, thread
142 x 124 cm
 
Mind Middle 6, 2024 (detail)
Mind Middle 6, 2024 (detail)
Mind Middle 6, 2024 (detail)
Mind Middle 7, 2024
Acrylic, watercolour, ink, oil pencils, paper, raw canvas, scrim
Iron bent and hammered in collaboration with a blacksmith
40 x 59 x 15 cm
 
Jeanne Gaigher – Mind Middle, Installation view
 
Jeanne Gaigher – Mind Middle, Installation view
 
Mind Middle 3, 2024
Acrylic, ink, watercolour, scrim, raw canvas, thread (stretched on canvas)
90 x 120 cm
 
Mind Middle 4, 2024
Acrylic, ink, watercolour, scrim, raw canvas, thread (stretched on canvas)
90 x 120 cm
 
Mind Middle 1, 2024
Acrylic, ink, watercolour, scrim, raw canvas, thread (stretched on canvas)
90 x 120 cm
 
Jeanne Gaigher – Mind Middle, Installation view
 
Mind Middle 5, 2024
Acrylic, ink, watercolour, scrim, raw canvas, thread
160 x 100 cm
 
Jeanne Gaigher – Mind Middle, Installation view
 
Mind Middle 8, 2024
Acrylic, watercolour, ink, oil pencils, paper,raw canvas, scrim
Iron bent and hammered in collaboration with a blacksmith
37 x 55.5 x 9.5 cm
 
Jeanne Gaigher – Mind Middle, Installation view
 
Jeanne Gaigher
Mind Middle 2, 2024
Acrylic, ink, watercolour, paper, scrim,
raw canvas, thread (stretched on canvas)
120 x 90 cm