"PRESSURE SENSITIVE" by Joel Dickens

5th September - 16th October 2017

Children unleash scribble in a moment of uninhibited, spontaneous, emotional expression - subconscious, absent-minded and pure. 

This is not that.

Here, childlike and spontaneous gestures are constricted by the neuroses of adulthood. The paint never reaches the boundary; staying within the lines. The ID is restricted by the ego, and passions are sacrificed to the day-to-day realities of life. Good intentions meet their limitations. A nervous breakdown that you’re not allowed to have.

The paintings are created by laying many layers of paint, before carefully removing the paint to create a calculated expression of hi-key emotional outburst.

The gestural works encapsulate a tension between the modern adult’s state of freedom and imprisonment. Taking flight in a cage.