Nina Rodin>2017> You are not a real painter, she said.

 

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You are not a real painter, she said.

gallery name: National Arts Club
dates: 1st Dec 2017 - 4th Jan 2018
address: 15, Gramercy Park South, NYC 10003


> Opening Reception: Wednesday 29th of December from 6 - 9 pm

> This exhibition has come about with the support of former gallerists and patron of the arts Max Rutten and is in many ways the culmination of my work since graduating from the Slade. The exhibition showcases a very diverse selection of books, works on paper, paintings and video work. Each work is rich and complex: if anything my work has become more obsessive, more detailed, more laborious too.

The title of the exhibition - which is not a review of the show - refers to something a colleague once said in jest to me. Though I often wake up dreaming of painting the morning, I am still a scientist too. A lot of my work revolves around applying numbering and labelling, or other scientific methodologies to the act of painting. Some of the work take on 'real paintings', either by working with reproductions of famous paintings or by borrowing the styles of an established cannon of 'real painters'. Most of the work is conceptual and comes from ruminations on the historicity of painting, which feels appropriate in the context of the National Arts Club, a 120 year-old institution. The title is also a reflection of my interest in the definition of art. I have continued to write about what art is and given lectures and talks both in universities, at conferences and to lay audiences.