Birch Contemporary

Martin Golland: Vignettes and Aggregates

Themes of the human and nonhuman, biological and cultural entropy exist throughout this new body of work by Martin Golland. The scenes exist within an unfixed time and space as a strategy for undermining fixed chronologies in the history of painting. Originally seen as oppositions, constructive devices such as representation and abstraction, fragmentation and totality, surface and space are collapsed into new complexities and revelations. Out of necessity, Golland's works are created as a patchwork of glimpses, where unlikely juxtapositions of imagery, paint materiality, form and surface coalesce within the frame. Image and gesture are interchangeable in the topsy-turvy environment of each tableau and collage, offering tight-fitted networks that the viewer is left to decode.