There’s Something About PAINTING at Tatjana Pieters

Artists: Louis Appleby, Nicky Carvell, Judy Chung, Petra Cortright, Huey Crowley, Ben Edmunds, Alicia Gibson, Tomas Harker, Dan Hays, Rae Hicks, Tom Poelmans, Paul Pretzer, Lily Van Der Stokker, Thaddeus Strode, Felix Treadwell

Exhibition title: There’s Something About PAINTING

Curated by: Michael Pybus

Venue: Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, Belgium

Date: May 19 – July 14, 2019

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Tatjana Pieters

“Surface, surface, surface, was all that anyone found meaning in…this was civilization as I saw it, colossal and jagged…”
– Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

‘I don’t even care about categories, it feels a little tribal, a little reductive so it may seem strange that I find myself curating a show about painting. It’s a funny category, often looked down upon by the bourgeois intellectuals for its ‘decorative’ nature and popularity with the commercial collecting class (geez as if an artist making $$$ is a dumb thing?!).

Painting is so old and analogue it could appear obsolete in our hyper digitized virtual age, but all we do these days is manipulate imagery by gestureally swiping our digits on the flat touch screens that permeate our waking moments – errr hello painting!

With this in mind I have put together a show reflecting upon approaches to painting in our surface driven culture. A cross generational group of artists who in one way or another explore the depths of surface whilst simultaneously enjoying the frivolity of it all. “Beauty is a sign of intelligence.” states Warhol – so it’s gotta be true. Narcissism, ego, artifice, branding, violence, humour, bad taste, good taste and everything in between is here for you to scroll by. Like it, don’t like it, whatever. We’re all temporary, but painting is here to stay.’

– Michael Pybus

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

Huey Crowley, Good Riddance, 2017

Huey Crowley, Me Committing Armed Robbery, 2017

Huey Crowley, The new show at the Guggenheim is the bomb, 2015-2019

Rae Hicks, Plaza, 2019

Thaddeus Strode, Milk shake ghost nirvana, 2015

Petra Cortright, Sickhands, 2011

Petra Cortright, Sad Hhahahahats, 2008

Rae Hicks, Urban Legend, 2018

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

Nicky Carvell, PROFILE STYLE, 2015

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

Louis Appleby, Citrine, 2019

Dan Hays, Closing Time, 2007

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

Alicia Gibson, Diet Coke 4, 2019

Alicia Gibson, Diet Coke 6, 2019

Alicia Gibson, Diet Coke 7, 2019

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

Paul Pretzer, Du sollst nicht, 2015

Dan Hays, Picture Box, 2013

Nicky Carvell, Generation XTC, 2018

Tom Poelmans, Voor Sigmar, 2019

Paul Pretzer, Belgisches Zimmer, 2019

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

Thaddeus Strode, Night of flowers, 2017

Tomas Harker, Tarantula, 2019

Ben Edmunds, Aspirational Equipment (DESIRE), 2019

Judy Chung, The Rubicon (cafeteria), 2018

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

There’s Something About PAINTING, 2019, exhibition view, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

Paul Pretzer, Brombeerboy, 2017

Judy Chung, Girl Division (The World), 2018

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