Jack Chambers: the light from the darkness, silver paintings and film work
January 14 to April 02, 2011
Between 1966 and 1967, the late London artist Jack Chambers worked exclusively on paintings that were dramatically different from anything he had produced to date—graphic images made with aluminum paint. Chambers’ silver paintings were made during an intense, if troubled, burst of creative energy in 1966-1967 and are—with his films—the most visually and conceptually radical works he made.
Yet a fundamental dilemma exists in the assessment of Chambers’ work. As a painter and a filmmaker the breadth his practice has yet to be explored in its entirety. Rarely have the films and paintings been examined together. This exhibition will do just that.
Organized by curators Mark Cheetham and Ihor Holubizky, the exhibition will bring together all of Chambers’ unique silver paintings, as well as significant “precursor” and “postscript” works, in a gallery presentation of Chambers’ experiment filmwork, that will be shown together for the first time. The exhibition will be accompanied by a forthcoming publication featuring essays by Cheetham and Holubizky and writer Adam Welch.