Doubles and Trebles at Ramp Gallery is a collaborative project between artists Hamish Coleman and Emily Hartley-Skudder.
Hartley-Skudder’s process begins with the obsessive searching and collecting of commonly found objects; mostly miniatures, toys and plastic trinkets. Drawing upon the still life tradition, these objects from ‘life’ – yet already existing as replicas – are assembled, photographed and translated into intricate paintings.
Coleman’s painting practice similarly explores ideas of removal and representation and is grounded in acts of searching and collecting, seeking ‘in-between’ imagery of unimportant film stills to disrupt any obvious imagery narrative. Through selection, isolation and then a process of departure and adaptation into paint, Coleman elevates these abstract qualities, exploiting the tension that lies between figuration and abstraction.
For Doubles and Trebles, Coleman and Hartley-Skudder combine their practices to expand and explore the process of making and the act of viewing. References to representational painting play off against formal qualities; the surface is emphasised and the ‘paintings’ pose as backdrops, objects, photographs, and shadows on walls. The artists’ studio approaches are deconstructed and begin to fold back into each other – disrupting the viewer’s notions of order and completeness and broadening discourse around the medium of painting by moving beyond the picture plane.
Join us for the opening preview of Doubles and Trebles on Thur 23 Mar from 4:30pm - 6:30pm.
The artists will be in conversation about Doubles and Trebles in the gallery on Thur 23 Mar from 4pm.