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Jo Bruton
Jane Harris
Vanessa Jackson
Rosa Lee
Tim Renshaw
Danny Rolph

The language commonly used to describe abstract painting has, since its inception nearly a century ago, been riddled with the negative. The very term 'abstract' holds connotations of being attached so that all forms of meaning held within the practice are all too often given territory that is either shrouded in mystery or devoid of representation or meaning. Each artist has a particular approach to the language of painting and the implied reciprocity between the material of the paint and the conscious construction of an aesthetic.

Representation was formed through the actuality of making, an obsessional process of unfolding and holding light within the matter of paint, by slow and meticulous adjustments. Relationships were formed that were optical, actual, or spatially illusionistic; each artist attempting to transform sensate experience into the affirmative present. 'Eliminate the Negative' was curated by Vanessa Jackson.

You've got to
Ac-cent-chu-ate the Positive
Elim-in-ate the Negative
Latch on to the Affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In Between.

Harold Arlen 1994

Jo Bruton
Jane Harris
Vanessa Jackson
Rosa Lee
Tim Renshaw
Danny Rolph

The language commonly used to describe abstract painting has, since its inception nearly a century ago, been riddled with the negative. The very term 'abstract' holds connotations of being attached so that all forms of meaning held within the practice are all too often given territory that is either shrouded in mystery or devoid of representation or meaning. Each artist has a particular approach to the language of painting and the implied reciprocity between the material of the paint and the conscious construction of an aesthetic.

Representation was formed through the actuality of making, an obsessional process of unfolding and holding light within the matter of paint, by slow and meticulous adjustments. Relationships were formed that were optical, actual, or spatially illusionistic; each artist attempting to transform sensate experience into the affirmative present. 'Eliminate the Negative' was curated by Vanessa Jackson.

You've got to
Ac-cent-chu-ate the Positive
Elim-in-ate the Negative
Latch on to the Affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In Between.

Harold Arlen 1994