VIP Preview: September 23 — 25, 11am GMT / 12pm CET
Public Dates: September 25 — 26, 11pm GMT / 12am CET
Kerlin Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Merlin James in OVR:2020, the upcoming edition of Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms.
Merlin James’ intensively worked canvases encompass a wide variety of subject matter including empty interiors, rural landscapes, architecture and scenes of sexual intimacy. Often distressed, pierced, cropped or heavily overpainted and sometimes transparent, these works refine and renew many of painting’s most time- honoured concerns – genre and narrative, pictorial space, expressive gesture and the emotive resonance of colour and texture. These new paintings continue James’ very particular practice, ie. to play the grand, complex game of Western painting while reflecting a fully contemporary consciousness of the modern and postmodern disjunctures of history and culture.