Between November 2014 – October 2015 «Drop City, Newcastle» presented eight exhibitions in our permanent gallery at 20 South Street.
As our location in Newcastle closed for redevelopment, we took the opportunity to explore alternative ways to open up diverse and dynamic potential for our activities and engagement with the city and beyond. Working in a peripatetic and collaborative capacity with regional and international initiatives, institutions, museums and art fairs across North East England, London, Vienna, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Madrid and Antwerp we were able to forge an exciting and responsive programme drawing on our multifaceted practices and relationships.
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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