Exhibition preview: Piers Secunda – A Retrospective, Updown Gallery, Ramsgate, June 21 – July 27 2013From bullets in Afghanistan and drug deals in Jamaica to firing ranges in China and shrapnel embedded in the walls of the V&A, Piers Secunda's self-confessed status as a "compulsive risk-taker" is assured.
His Bullet Hole series and petro-chemical inspired oil works are among the compelling highlights of this retrospective of 17 years’ of wide-eyed journeys which put notions of artistic bravery into a very literal light.
“I have always been bothered by the physical restraints of the canvas,” he admits, sounding as restlessly imaginative as ever.
“For me, it limits what a painting can be.
“So I’ve disposed of it and I handle the paint on its own.
“By default, the paint behaves like a sculptural material.”
These are works shrouded in the histories they are taken from. Even his rejected works, which have all been condensed into a one-metre cube gathered from a decade of studio deliberations, tell a story.
- Updown Gallery, Satis House, Ramsgate. Open 10am-6pm (11am-6pm Saturday, closed Sunday, open Monday by appointment). Admission free.