About (bgx : mag)
The painter escapes every stoning, every wastage through the discourse. He only needs to set the sense-direction into space. And the morphology is a semantic.
Michel Serres about Carpaccio's St. Stephen
I started painting in 1991 with a study of the centre piece of Uccello's Battle of San Romano, copying segments from a reproduction onto 99 wooden blocks, later assembled to a fragmented painting.
The interests and methods of responding have changed, yet using an existing painting as foil to work against (as historical reference) has remained a core useful approach; it allows me to study and interact, experiment and respond. The attempt to copy serves as constraint, helping to circumvent conventions (of perception / responding) by providing a focus on the mechanical. Whatever seeps out as expressive does so despite that.
Painting as a social praxis, as on-going process, which only intermittently produces artefacts, yet constantly challenges perception / helps to reflect positioning. Painting as sensual response: connecting, acquiring, projecting a map of interests; as aid to reflection; as sincere and meaningful statement; poetic experience - a process of finding positions (to speak from, to observe from, to simply wait from): rhythm and intervals of interaction.
Time is of essence in this and for many years I have shied away from making painting a practice I engage with publicly, allowing me to work as little or slowly as I find necessary to come to what I would consider fundamental expressions of what I find of concern. However, saying that, I made efforts in recent years in trying to find ways of sharing what I do, to find ways of engaging.
(bgx : mag), started in 2007, has turned out as a public space which I can use to both tentativley expose some of my work / see how it feels, check what holds up / as well as gradually publish articles of my own and by others which have been (and still are) important to me and may otherwise not be as easily available as I would wish.
Some are published here for the very first time in English.
Many thanks to the contributors.
Bernhard Gaul | Corcreaghy, September 2013
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