Artists: Charlie Billingham and Zin Taylor
Presented by: Supportico Lopez, Berlin
Venue: Independent Régence, Brussels, Belgium
Date: September 7 – October 7, 2017
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists, Independent Régence and Supportico Lopez, Berlin
Supportico Lopez is very pleased to present a dual exhibition with works by Charlie Billingham and Zin Taylor, each artist taking over a dedicated space on the upper level ofIndependent Régence, Brussels. The exhibition will be on view from 7 September – 7 October, 2017. A series of new mobiles realized by Zin Taylor for the recent exhibition “Creative Writing”at Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster, are on display filling the ceiling and the view above the big skylight in the first room up the stairs.
Charlie Billingham is taking over the far room, creating a new wall print that will act as a background for a new series ofpaintings that the artist realized for the Brussels exhibition. Charlie Billingham creates highly vibrant and fluid paintings and decorative installations using language borrowed from art, interior design, printmaking, and art history, inspired by historical imagery dating to the late 18th and early 19th century. Although we can identify things in Charlie Billingham’s work as part of a certain idea of the past, their presentation (in bits, in fragments) suggests a kind of dispersal, a refusal to fully cohere. On a stylistic level, Billingham introduces elements of rhythm and unpredictability that are analogous to musical improvisation. In this sense, the wall painting over which his canvases are usually hung becomes a kind of baseline, with its hues chiming with those of the paintings.
With an expansive and philosophical approach to art making, Zin Taylor employs familiar visual cues to probe the malleable and mysterious divisions between concept and material. He asks how objects might translate a thought and how ideas can find tangible articulation in form, engaging a process where thoughts about a subject are translated into forms about a subject, where abstraction and phenomenology participate as tools in a narrative development of form.
Charlie Billingham (born 1984, UK) received his undergraduate degree from the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and his post-graduation at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, the Saachi Gallery London, the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh and the Edinburgh College of Art, among other institutions.
Billingham lives and works in London. His work is part of the Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy, the Franks Suss Collection, London and Hong Kong, the Saatchi Collection, London, and the HSBC Collection, London. Born 1978 in Calgary, Canada, Zin Taylor lives and works in Paris. He received his BAinFine Art from Alberta College of Art and Design and his MFA from University of Guelph. Taylor’s exhibitions include: (forthcoming) National Gallery of Canada Biennial, Ottawa, CA (October 2017); solo shows at: Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, DE (March 2017); Oakville Galleries, Toronto, CA (Five Units of Haze will be on view until 30 December 2016); Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL (2015); 21er Haus Residency, Vienna, AT (2014); 1646, The Hague, NL (2014); Kunstraum London (2014); Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island, Newfoundland (2013); La Lodge (with Roe Ethridge), Brussels (2013), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013); MuHKA, Antwerp (2012); The Artist’s Institute, New York (2011); Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal, Germany (2011) and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2010). His work has been included in institutional group exhibitions among others: Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenaghen (2015); Witte deWith (2015); Frac Ile-de- France / Le Plateau, Paris, FR (2014); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2013-14); Kunsthalle Vienna (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2013).