Artists Gunter Christmann, Hossein Ghaemi, Clare Milledge and Oscar Perry star in Crusted Heat, the new group exhibition opening at The Commercial on July 1.
The show's title is a nod to the featured rare 'sprankle' painting by Christmann from 1970 — a piece in which acrylic paint was "dropped like rain from nearly six feet out in space" onto an unstretched canvas on the floor, the colourful result seriously startling in its ability to convey the sensation of heat. In contrast to this gravity-dependent technique, in her hinterglasmalerei paintings Clare Milledge presses oil paint with a brush onto a surface of luscious clear glass that will be turned away from the viewer, in a way, working backwards.
The smeared, dense greys of Oscar Perry's An impresario and a small turtle gamble in the moonlight/ does sitting count as waiting? will intrigue, and Hossein Ghaemi has two drawing/paintings on board. Crusted Heat actually marks the first time in a while that Ghaemi has worked outside the medium of performance — curiosity is piqued.
Image: Clare Milledge, 'Rice Ambient Liquid Lens Soap' (2016).