I make spatial paintings out of physical things in real space. The work begins with a visual analysis of historical Baroque painting as a basis for understanding painting, not as a fixed identity but as a specific spatial construction with a pictorial and spatial vocabulary. These observations became translated through the construction of three-dimensional paintings as pictorial compositions that reconfigure the space and its architecture, using specific physical things. I examine the formal grammar of pictorial language where distance, edge, line, translucency and colour, operate to develop an understanding of painting as a physical and spatial event. My interest is located in how the compositional and material components of painting affect the experiential basis of the viewer, to reveal not what the painting means but what it 'does'. The practice aims to provoke an artistic reorientation towards painting that engages the sensorial and brings painting back into a materialist dialogue with real things in the world and to interact with things outside of itself.
Jo McGonigal lives and works in Manchester. She is a final year PhD student at the University of Leeds (Amanda Burton Scholarship) and has a Master of Fine Art from Manchester School of Art, UK (AHRC). Solo exhibitions include University of Leeds Project Space (forthcoming); Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow and Platform A Gallery, Middlesborough, UK. Group exhibitions include; Eccentric Geometric at Arthouse1, London; RaumX Projects, London; International Biennial of Non-Objective Art, Lyon, France; Chiara Williams Solo Award, Cello Factory, London; Marmite Painting Prize, Block336 Gallery, London & Highlands Gallery, Ireland; From A to C; This Being B, Caustic Coastal, Salford; Transparent Things, Vane Gallery, Newcastle; Real Painting at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Poppositions, Brussels and Straddle the Line at APT Gallery, London.
Side (Cadmium Yellow Deep) 2016. Lycra/Wood/Pigment
35 x 15 x 7 cm. Photo: Stephen Iles