High on Hope
High on Hope
23 July - 24 September 2022
Mark Fairnington, Gerard Hemsworth, Roy Holt, Rebecca Scott, Bob & Roberta Smith,
Michael Stubbs, Jessica Voorsanger, Mark Wallinger, Suzy Willey
The largest exhibition of Contemporary Painting is coming to Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, this Summer, bringing together the biggest names in Contemporary Art.
‘High on Hope' has been conceived as a memorial exhibition for the artist Gerard Hemsworth (1945-2021). It brings together a selection of Hemsworth’s canvases with that the work by eight other artists whom he taught, on the Master’s programme at Goldsmiths College, London, in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The exhibition, which has been devised by the painter Rebecca Scott, focuses on artists whose work she sees as resonating with Hemsworth’s own engagement with a type of “post-conceptual figurative or representational painting”.
For Hemsworth, both in his own work and in his teaching, the criticality of art was central. He saw all art as falling into two broad categories “art that celebrates the world we live in, and art that questions it”, or to put it another way “art which addresses what we know, and art which addresses what we do not know”. It was the latter of these positions that governed much of his thinking in the studio and pedagogically.
The Goldsmiths MA and Hemsworth as a teacher and artist influenced a huge number of artists working in all fields of art. This exhibition brings together some of these artists: Mark Fairnington, Gerard Hemsworth, Roy Holt, Rebecca Scott, Bob & Roberta Smith, Michael Stubbs, Jessica Voorsanger, Mark Wallinger and Suzy Willey.
The artists on show reflect Scott’s own circle of influence and interest in the language of representation in painting. Scott has selected each work carefully to draw out allegiances, connections, and what she describes as “trickles of thought”.
23rd July - 24th September 2022
Wednesday - Saturday 12-5pm
Cross Lane Projects
Kendal Cumbria LA9 5LB
Sat 23 Jul to Sat 17 September