Forgery, 2014 Acrylic on linen 30 x 39.8 cm Edition of 25 + 5 APs
Chisenhale Gallery is pleased to present a very special limited edition by Caragh Thuring.
Titled Forgery, 2014, each edition is a hand-painted copy of Soldiers of the 10th Light Dragoons (2006) an early painting by Thuring, which measures 6 x 8’. The editions are made in China, in a town whose main industry is the production of fake paintings. The fakers’ usual subjects include widely circulated images of well known historical works, whose value is assured by consensus, or photographs of people and pets, which have great sentimental worth to individuals but no wider currency whatsoever.
In commissioning multiple copies of her own work, Thuring is interested in exploring the relationship between the artist’s hand, so closely related to the medium of painting, and mass production, which is usually associated with industrialised mechanical processes. Contemporary painting is an unusual subject for the faking industry and by introducing her painting to this process she scrutinizes her own artistic language and the value system within which her work operates.
Through making the edition, Thuring also explores the relationship of her work to photography, and the way in which images are read and circulated today. In the inevitable mistakes and misinterpretations of the copied editions, the process of looking is itself made visible and the status of the image destabilised.
The edition is produced to accompany Thuring’s Chisenhale Gallery exhibition, her first solo exhibition in a public gallery. Through her paintings, Thuring examines the speed at which images are consumed, asking exactly how much information is required to satisfy intention and how slowly the process of looking can unfold. With this new body of work Thuring explores pertinent questions surrounding contemporary image making such as the value of time and how this contributes to the generation of meaning.
Caragh Thuring (born 1972) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Anthony Meier, San Francisco (2013); Simon Preston Gallery, New York (2011); and Thomas Dane Gallery, London (2010). Group exhibitions include Live and Let Die at Modern Art, London; July at The Approach, London (both 2014); Performer As Curator, The Lowry, Manchester (2013); The First Rebellion is History, Next Week Rome Falls, Simon Preston Gallery, New York; Troubling Space, Zabludowicz Collection, London (both 2012); and Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010).