Moving beyond the boundaries of the canvas, the medium of paint and the walls of the white cube, Expanded Painting seeks to locate the shifting parameters of a medium we perhaps thought we knew. Mark Titmarsh seeks out the evolution of contemporary painting and finds it everywhere – from the coloured pixels of a Warhol video portrait to the enamel painted spider webs of Sandra Selig, Katharina Grosse’s monumental environments and Huseyin Sami’s balls of acrylic ‘string’. He finds painters who write and painters who build and painters who do not paint at all. Yet he yolks them to the medium of painting via their conceptual and spatial relationships to colour and light. As a new practice, expanded painting is best recognised by what it is not, which is to say there is not much in art that escapes from the lineage of painting even as the artist strives to abandon the form. Mark (playing dual roles as writer and artist) wrestles adeptly with a subject that is constantly in motion; in the process he names a new medium and creates for it a necessary new language. Expanded Painting promises to be a touchstone for scholars, artists and acolytes of colour and light.
Mark Titmarsh is a visual artist working in painting, video and writing. He is also a Lecturer in the School of Design.