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Bobby Dowler / <<"100,000!%">> / 25.05 - 16.07

 

Does painting have limits? And, if it does, how do you know when you've reached them? Bobby Dowler (London, 1983) was faced with this dual conundrum when he had to deal with an involuntary creative impasse. To try and overcome this situation, the British artist, who has always worked with discarded materials, gathered some canvases he'd accumulated in his studio, and he got hold of some others which had been ditched by his painter friends, all in search of a material renewal that would ideally lead to similarly-renewed artwork. Furthermore, he came across a set of second-hand stretcher frames which, ultimately, would end up completing the raw material used for <<"100,000%!">>, his new exhibition at Galería Alegría.

 

Using stretcher wood as a tool, cutting and patching up canvases, painting or using other people's work: the artist laboured intensely, until he had a series of pieces that offered him new avenues for development. As such, in this new exhibition, Dowler organises his materials, blocking out large fields of colour that forcibly overlap or are decisively set against each other. This vigorous determination turns colour and form into primary, immediate compositions, in which his free and electrifying painting style has great dynamic impact.

 

Assemblages, superimpositions, cuts and joins become loaded with a new tension, adjusting to the vivid swathes of paint applied by the artist. Dowler thus finds the way for his painting-objects - as he refers to them - to take on new meaning, without losing their characteristic force. <<"100,000%!">> is an ode to the abundance of a material that can have many lives, becoming reincarnated in multiple different works, but it is also a reminder of how important it is to pay attention to the form and needs of the matter in question during the process of creation. Far from resorting to dry theoretical reasonings, Bobby Dowler prefers to offer us a visual and material journey which is rich, intense and exciting. The honest questioning of the limits of his painting-objects has resulted in an emphatic and beautiful exhibition, which immediately connects with the audience in a way that only bold, adventurous art can.

 

Bobby Dowler / SUNDAY Art Fair 2019 / London

 

For over a decade Bobby Dowler (b 1983 in London) has collected the paintings that nobody else wants and used them as a starting point to make his own works out from. Pre-existing paintings and their wood supports come in all different shapes, sizes and styles - some have been carefully made, exhibited, sold, cherished, destested, neglected, laughed at, badly damaged and aban- doned on street corners - others have found their way haphazardly and without artists' signatures to flea markets in various countries. Eventually some of these paintings will end up in the works- hop of Bobby Dowler's where, for better or worse, they will meet their fate and be repurposed.


Bobby Dowler deconstructs his materials with his hands, tools and utilises paint, staples and glue, in order to assist the evolution of them into roughly-made ‘painting-objects'. Each painting-on-can- vas gets separated from its original wood-support (which is also later re-used in a wrong way!), re- worked, built up, broken down and partly destroyed, leaving only partially mutilated paintings and somewhat disfigured wood supports.


It is as if Bobby somehow wants to get inside the ‘painting' so that he can turn it inside-out.
Finally, after a protracted struggle (sometimes weeks, months, years pass), something unintentio- nal happens in his workshop and this surprise action helps guide a work towards it's eventual completion.

Bobby Dowler / I will find one / 17.11 - 19.01 / 2018-19

 

Bobby collects and re-uses found paintings-on-canvas and wood-stretcher-frame devices that have been pre-used in the past by others. Years ago, in a state of financial restriction he started to buy these cheaply from street markets however, more recently he has been receiving donated ones presented to him by friends. He adds these to his own artistic offcuts that have built up over the years. Once in his possession he analyses the paintings through separating them from their stretchers and through ordering each (the stretchers too) by approximate size, style, format or shape.

 

However, in general he will physically manipulate the materials with hands and with tools, often cutting with knife or scissors, applying paint by brush and in general doing whatever he feels like needs doing, until he discovers an unlikely procedural manoeuvre that can instigate the event that will help guide a work towards its final completion.

 

"Developments are innately unpredictable. Sometimes I won't use a certain painting or its stretcher wood for years, or I might totally destroy it, or I will use a part one day only to put it back in storage for a future consideration the next."

 

The materials all have their own history, and their particularities serve as an aspect of subject matter, giving Bobby a sense of what to do and how to proceed. During a protracted struggle, a ‘wrong' stretcher is often deployed to connect and frame the painted content.

 

It is in the nature of the work that he cannot foresee what precipitates the completion of a particular work. The discovery experience is subversive of predictable results and in the end his conclusions are not quite - or just - ordinary paintings, but what he refer to, in his naming of them, as Painting-Objects - that is ‘paintings' that have been reformed into 'objects'.