Michael Calver at the OSR Project Space
18 October – 9 November
Thurs – Sat 11am – 5pm, Sun 12 – 4pm (or by appointment)
LAUNCH PARTY Friday 17 October 2014 6 – 9pm
About the exhibition
Uneven Territories is an exhibition of new and previously unseen paintings and drawings that, alongside key work made since 2006, forms an uncensored view of Michael Calver’s output. The work is at turns intimate, highly formal and sometimes unsettling.
Best known for his exploration of colour and its aesthetics through ‘colour field’ painting, this exhibition delves beneath the surface, presenting a new vision of Calver’s varied but interconnected artistic production.
Alongside his signature work there are recent paintings that relate to our manner of seeing: how we see and what we see, combining geometric abstraction with a loose figuration, reminiscent of cityscapes that exist at the periphery of vision. This is juxtaposed by a series of spontaneous drawings that depict scabrous figurative images, suggesting illicit encounters and the darker side of human existence.
The exhibition also includes ‘Letters to America’, small works on paper that the artist posted to his daughter, between 2011 And 2014. This personal correspondence, which was not made for the purpose of exhibition, creates a bridge between the drawings and paintings and gives an insight into Calver’s unique vision of the world.