23.10.2021 Views

Rick Garland Intermission catalogue

You also want an ePaper? Increase the reach of your titles

YUMPU automatically turns print PDFs into web optimized ePapers that Google loves.

R I C K G A R L A N D

I N T E R M I S S I O N


RICK GARLAND

INTERMISSION

6th November – 27th November 2021


In his new collection, Rick

Garland ‘curates’ his own

memories, employing the

motif of the museum display.

Museums began in the homes

of collectors who created their

own groupings of objects,

with the mundane often

sitting alongside the bizarre.

In Garland’s new paintings,

glass bell jars encase the

artist’s memories, whether

uplifting or traumatic.

Antique printers’ drawers and

display units become

Garland’s own ‘cabinets of

curiosities’. The memories of

an individual may seem

random to anybody else, but

they have a logic within one

particular life.

Garland’s antique containers

preserve memories as though

they are creatures treated by a

taxidermist. However, they

also neutralise those

memories, enabling them to

be observed and analysed

from a safe distance. They

have literally become

‘museum pieces’, kept safe

and, in some ways, made safe.

But memory can distort the

past over time. Just as a

museum curator cannot create

an exhibition without

imposing their own ideas

upon the past, so a collection

of memories is inevitably

coloured by the individual’s

subsequent experiences.

Garland’s paintings raise

many questions. Why have

certain events or objects been

brought together? Can

memories ever be isolated in

this way, or are we always in

a continuing dynamic

relationship with them,

constantly taking them out of

their cases and reordering

them?

There are many memories

layered within each painting,

some very personal to the

artist. Garland has handwritten

a letter about each

piece. These letters have been

enclosed in envelopes with

the artist’s own wax seal.

It is up to the owner to choose

whether to open the sealed

envelope or create their own

interpretation of the story

with the basic information

supplied.

These are absorbing paintings,

which invite us to consider

the nature of our own

memories. What would we

put in our ‘cabinet of

curiosities’?


Mannings:

“One memorable party night in the country at the start of

the 1990s. Consistent fuel leaks from the old Citroen

‘Party Car’.

The fleeting nature of youthful fun....”


Mannings

76 x 92 cm / Acrylic on panel

£22,200

Click image to view fullscreen


Buddleja:

“Memories of weekend fun and family television. Simpler

times…”


Buddleja

122 x 92 cm / Acrylic on panel

£28,800

Click image to view fullscreen


The Quince Tree:

“The huge sprawling quince tree at my first childhood

home. The backdrop to my growing up and the

television and toys that accompanied it.”


The Quince Tree

102 x 76 cm / Acrylic on panel

£24,000

Click image to view fullscreen


Pine Fresh:

“A wet Devon camping trip with my Brother:

A drinking and pool competition with some Marines…

In a flooded field trying to get warm and dry in our old

Nissan Micra… The smell of pine fresh from cleaning the

camping gear in a car park after a drunken night… And

being faced with an unhinged local dressed as a cowboy,

who drew his guns on us at High Noon as we waited in

the laundrette for the sleeping bags to wash...”


Pine Fresh

83 x 83 cm / Acrylic on panel

£22,200

Click image to view fullscreen


Rematch:

“An important milestone in adult life:

Music, losing the drinking competition with my date

and us being rudely awoken with a shower of glass and

a golf ball, with shouts for breakfast coming from her

father.”


Rematch

92 x 76 cm / Acrylic on panel

£22,200

Click image to view fullscreen


O.G:

“Seven days of my life:

The crashing realisation of first true love lost, mix tapes,

party highs and blindsided rejection. Sunday morning

stream of calamitous events culminating in the good

fortune of a bus replacement service at a Berkshire train

station.”


O.G

122 x 92 cm / Acrylic on panel

£28,800

Click image to view fullscreen


The Rocket:

“The Rocket, a Citroen ‘School Party’ car, jointly bought

for £5 each with a retro fitted 90's stack hi-fi.

We wore clown disguises as we drove around town in

our school uniforms so as not to be recognised.

We felt a sense of honour, only taking and drinking the

milk opened by blue Tits whilst the local police staked

out the car.”


The Rocket

76 x 92 cm / Acrylic on panel

£22,200

Click image to view fullscreen


Holbrook:

“3 surreal days stuck in Australia:

Deliriously tired, limping the broken down camper van

into a deserted inland New South Wales town covered in a

plague of dead hawk moths. There in front of me was a

British world war 2 submarine on a roundabout… Then

waiting 3 days in this other worldly place for our hired

van to be mended.”


Holbrook

92 x 76 cm / Acrylic on panel

£22,200

Click image to view fullscreen


14/48:

“Futile efforts to Impress:

48 hours from fine dining in a top hotel restaurant to a

Chinese takeaway in bed!”


14/48

76 x 92 cm / Acrylic on panel

£22,200

Click image to view fullscreen


Whiskey Flake:

“Childhood pranks, indoor fireworks and family

repercussions.”


Whiskey Flake

61 x 71 cm / Acrylic on panel

£12,000

Click image to view fullscreen


Intermission Interview

Please click the image below to view Rick Garland

discussing the Intermission collection:

To view the limited edition catalogue

please click the link below

Intermission – Limited Editions collection


COLLEY ISON GALLERY

85 – 89 Colmore Row

Birmingham

B3 2BB

0121 236 0920

Hooray! Your file is uploaded and ready to be published.

Saved successfully!

Ooh no, something went wrong!