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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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The parataxic sublime

Josh Foley

Middle Gallery
29 Nov 2013–21 Dec 2013
Opening 6.00pm 29 Nov 2013

Josh Foley is interested in using objectifying calculative strategies to position him somewhere contemporaneously in relation to the activity of painting today. In a way, it is a sociopath type of endeavor – sociopathic painting. To transcribe his formulations into visual data Foley will attempt to create a painting that moves! Then, reviewing the fraught concept of original expression, Josh will create two pictures using the same brushstrokes; one abstract and the other one of a rooster. There will also be a giant-sized computer screen painted onto a wall using brushes, air, tape, sponges, ink and determination. This represents analog painting, backed up against a wall, adjusting itself before the digitized virtual realms and platforms that humans are increasingly ensconced by.

Parataxic distortion, a psychiatric label, is the tendency for one to skew perceptions of others based on fantasy. Regarding the title of this exhibition, parataxic refers to – maladjustment. Conflating the term with “sublime” the artist seeks to quantify his thoughts about contemporary painting; he is eluded by conventional terminology that satisfactorily describes them. But elusiveness plays a big part too.

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