Joint Exhibition

Matt Saunders Institute of Arab and Islamic Art

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Art is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition of works by Daniele Genadry and Matt Saunders. Featuring six paintings, in addition to a selection of drawings and prints, this exhibition explores the artist's sustained engagements with photography and film and how these mediums are employed as a way to further evolve the field of painting. Both Genadry and Saunders begin by using images of landscapes that have been generated by camera, and through a detailed meditative process of painting, the works come to life inside a new framework, thus granting them the possibility to conjure their own histories. The pairing of their luminous paintings provides the viewer with a deeper insight into the various methods in which both artists experiment with light as a way to define their respective worlds, ones that ebb and flow between notions of presence, disappearance and fragility. 

Painting predominately from film, Saunders' work articulates the various ways in which images are placed in history, and how, in turn, they take on new meanings by reassessment of their traditional iconography. Beginning with painting a scene from a moving image, he then places light through the painted linen creating an ‘exposure’ onto photographic paper. This act of “moving from one form into another" dissects the stability of the image where the viewer is confronted with synchronous distance and proximity.

In the act of reconstructing and reappropriating existing images, the pairing of these artists, exhibiting together for the first time, aims to proffer insight into their shared investigation of painting and photography, as well the works that result as they move between the two modes of expression. Between Genardys' attempt to paint the same landscape profusely, and Saunders' various iterations involving the same scene, this exhibition examines the profound impact a subtle change can have on a singular image.

7 November 2023 - 14 April 2024

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