The other side of the wind
Berlin Opticians Gallery is thrilled to present The other side of the wind, a solo exhibition by Lee Welch.
The title, poetic and evocative in its own right, is borrowed from an experimental film whose production was originally conceived by Orson Wells. It continued to be developed by various directors after his death. The feature was finally completed and released under Peter Bogdanovich’s supervision in 2018, having changed hands and authors a number of times.
This idea of borrowing and re-working existing material and canon, while being influenced by precursors, sits neatly within Welch’s practice. The paintings featured in this exhibition echo various art historical references. They reflect Lee’s intrigue in the original artworks but also his own interpretation of the styles at hand. From figures and lines inspired by the Renaissance and modernism as well as those more contemporary and abstract, the paintings differ in mood and colour and correspond masterfully with the texture of the surface materials: airplane and packing blankets, linen and polyester.
Like his earlier performances, Welch’s paintings thrive on an intuition and possibility, on what is left unsaid. He applies the paint sparsely, often choosing to reveal sections of canvas, leaving the viewer with all but the most essential details pared away. He draws us in for a closer look, inviting an intimate and emotive response.
Lee Welch (IRL/USA) completed an MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and gained his BFA from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He was recently awarded a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Welch’s work has been featured in numerous institutions including Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; John Jones Project Space, London; CCA, Derry; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC) curated by Latitudes, León, Spain and Objectif Exhibitions curated by Raimundas Malasauskas, Antwerp. His paintings are in private and public collections such as Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane and the OPW - State Art Collection.
Berlin Opticians Gallery presents and promotes the artists’ works with a scheduled programme of exhibitions available through online documentation every six weeks and punctuated with off-site physical exhibitions and projects in various unique spaces around Dublin.
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Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll, Director: firstname.lastname@example.org