Preview: Thursday 12 May 2011, 6-8pm
Continues 13 May – 9 June 2011 Wednesday – Sunday 1–6pm
The two-person exhibition of works by Andrew Maughan and Graeme Durant invites a dialogue to emerge between two different artistic approaches. The pairing is based on a shared understanding within their individual practices of the interchange between the processes of thinking and making. By addressing the format of the collaborative exhibition-model and the comic double act, the work of Maughan and Durant confidently exposes the moments where cohesion and dissonance – or slippage – takes place.
Andrew Maughan’s paintings reflect on both the art world and current consumer culture. Employing anti-aesthetic strategies, Maughan uses a pallet of garish colours and pastel tones to present a visually complex and chaotic response to daily life.
Graeme Durant is a gatherer of redundant domestic and industrial objects. Through a process of recycling, improvisation and low-tech construction methodologies, he attaches new meaning to the original materials. Durant reorders a formalist sculptural vocabulary of form, volume and matter creating objects brimming with possibility.
For their exhibition at The Royal Standard, Maughan and Durant will show a body of work consisting of new sculptures, paintings and drawings. In addition to their individual contributions they will also present a series of video works including ‘Forkhandles’ and ‘Skank’, as well as new collaborative video pieces.
After its debut at The Royal Standard, ‘I Can’t Follow You If You Don’t Move’ will tour to Space Gallery, Newcastle, Rogue Gallery Manchester and Northend Gallery, Detroit, USA.
In 2009, Andrew Maughan and Graeme Durant both completed a BA (Hons) Fine Art, at Northumbria University. Previous exhibitions include; ‘I don’t even like Macaroons’ Supercollider, Blackpool, JAMBON, Cobalt Gallery Space, Newcastle, and ‘Forkhandles’ Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle.