Between November 2014 – October 2015 Drop City, Newcastle presented 8 exhibitions in our gallery at 20 South Street. Since it is Drop City’s ambition to work with artists who are at various stages of their careers and whose practices have a particular reference to Drop City and its founders motivations, the gallery space allowed for an intense and complex relationship to develop between artists and audiences during our first year.
As our location at 20 South Street closed for re-development, we are excited to take this opportunity to explore more ways to work in the city, carrying on the format of a commercial gallery – representing and supporting our artists work on the art market – whilst opening up more diverse and dynamic potential for our activity and engagement with the city.
Drop City, Newcastle
at 20 South Street
Private View, Saturday 19 September 7pm
Paul Becker’s paintings are a manifestation of an erratic and tangential thought process, closer to daydreaming than anything else. Every painting – realised, ambiguous & representational – is the flawed resolution of a set of reveries/problems, each time more or less unique. Narratives seem to be present but are disconnected and fractured. Images lack continuity, struggling to remain autonomous; figurative elements often collide or are embedded within abstractions. In the wider context of Becker’s practice, the images originate a way of working that moves from painting and dysfunctional narrative into the crossovers between art and literary fiction, filmmaking and collaboration.
Becker (b.1967) was taught painting at Grimsby School of Art, Kingston Polytechnic and the Slade School of Fine Art. He is a lecturer in Fine Art at Newcastle University.
A text by Will Holder accompanies the exhibition, and is available as a PDF below
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