Caragh Thuring
26 November 2014 – 1 February 2015
Opening: Wednesday 26 November

Chisenhale Gallery presents a new body of work by London-based painter, Caragh Thuring, and 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.

Several paintings are derived from large picture windows in Dutch suburban homes, where idiosyncratic displays of vases, plants and knick-knacks are often arranged in pairs. Thuring perceives the windows as self-portraits of their owners. Considering the dual function of the windows as devices for observing and for being observed, in these works the objects become substitutes for traditional portraiture. The images are interrupted by reflection, surface and a constant reversal of interior and exterior space, disrupting straightforward readings of psychological perspective, as marked by the boundary of the window frame.

Further works emphasise the canvas as a territory to be mapped. Two paintings, shown back to back, list all the churches within the Square Mile of the City of London. Each name is sprayed with industrial line marking paint and packed densely within the fixed limits of the canvas. The words sit solid and immovable as the churches: timeless and untouchable buildings, which appear as unintentionally rebellious spaces, standing defiant amongst the constant flux of London’s overdeveloped financial centre.

Absent of hierarchy in subject matter or use of materials, Thuring’s paintings are loosely constructed exploring recurring motifs, including pyramids, brick work, volcanoes and the human silhouette. These speculative environments are rendered with an economy of means and leave large tracts of empty linen. For Thuring, the process of making work can be likened to editing film. Her paintings unfold in time: images stall and stutter, giving way to silence and space for thinking and looking.

To download an interview with Caragh Thuring about her exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, please click here.

To download the exhibition handout, please click here.

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).

With thanks to Thomas Dane Gallery.

Chisenhale Exhibitions Partner 2014: Fiorucci Art Trust.

Caragh Thuring
Friday 28 November

Friday 28 November 2014
Caragh Thuring in conversation with Jennifer Higgie, novelist, screenwriter, critic and co-editor of frieze.

Saturday 24 January 2015
A tour of the Caragh Thuring exhibition led by Clarrie Wallis, Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art, Tate.

Caragh Thuring

Acrylic on linen
30 x 39.8 cm
Edition of 25 + 5 APs

SOLD OUT

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 (2006an 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).

  • Exhibition
  • Chisenhale Gallery Friends and Patrons receive 10% discount on limited edition prints and publications priced up to the value of £3,500 For information about how to join the Friends and Patrons Programme please click here.

  • Chisenhale Gallery
    64 Chisenhale Road
    London E3 5QZ

    T: +44 (0)20 8981 4518 mail@chisenhale.org.uk

    For media enquiries please contact:
    media@chisenhale.org.uk or
    Ellen Greig on +44 (0)20 3328 1964 or ellen.greig@chisenhale.org.uk



Caragh Thuring in conversation with Jennifer Higgie

Friday 28 November, 7pm

Caragh Thuring in conversation with Jennifer Higgie, novelist, screenwriter, critic and co-editor of frieze.

Caragh Thuring: Coffee Morning

Thursday 11 December, 9 – 10.30am

A coffee morning and special viewing of the exhibition with cakes generously provided by the East End Women’s Institute.

Dhush Selvarajah Workshop

Saturday 17 January, 2pm

A brick making workshop with Dhush Selvarajah from Groundwork South, an environmental charity working with children and young people to enable them to actively contribute to their communities and create a greener future. Participants will learn how to produce clay bricks using traditional methods and find out about the role children played in Victorian brickmaking.

Caragh Thuring: Clarrie Wallis leads a tour

Saturday 24 January, 2pm

A tour of the exhibition led by Clarrie Wallis, Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art, Tate.

Jamie Bradley Performance

Thursday 29 January, 7pm

A performance by Jamie Bradley of a text assembled by Thuring.