Paul Doran and Mark Swords – Making Familiar

These two pieces are positioned side by side in the exhibition Making Familiar, curated by James Merrigan and myself, at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in Dublin. Accumulated fabric elements are employed in both. One is monochrome and appears to have evolved organically, while the other has a lot of colour and is much more formal. Both are collaged or in the case of Paul Doran’s piece (left), It’s not Easy to be Me (2009-2012) – bandaged – the black paint and glue seeping like blood into the white cloth. On the right is Four Ties (2012) by Mark Swords – four neckties cut up and stitched together by the artist. The pieces are about six inches apart and are separated by the personalities of the artists.

Elsewhere in the gallery both artists, who are well acquainted, show paintings and 2-D constructions that can easily be seen as material interrogations of painting practices, not expanded painting as that term has come to be understood, but rather an expansion of painting from within.

A separate blog for Making Familiar and video of artists discussion is here.

Posted by Robert Armstrong

Mark Swords, In a Cheddar Cave, 2009, carpet fibre and glue, 30×42 cm

Paul Doran, Untitled, 2008-2011, oil on linen over board handmade acrylic painted frame, 40×50 cm

Paul Doran, Thinking about Everything, Everywhere, Now and Always, 2009, wood, paper, pencil, wood shavings and fabric, 30×49 cm

Mark Swords, Veil, 2012, oil on gessoed linen panel, 36×25 cm


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