Michiel Ceulers, "MCHL CLRS DRNK TRBL", at Rod Barton Gallery London, September 29 - October 29, 2011.

Posted on September 29th, 2011

For his second solo show with Rod Barton, MCHL CLRS DRNK TRBL, Michiel Ceulers presents a series of new works that he refers to as 'Spirit Paintings'. These white monochromatic paintings – marked by the application and subsequent scraping off of paint– are excised of all content except for a QR code embedded within the picture plane. Each QR code links to an instructional video hosted on YouTube of how to mix a specific alcoholic cocktail. As a result interaction is deflected to a virtual plane whilst the impenetrable white surface reflects the gaze back onto the viewer. The spirit of the title can also be seen in metaphysical terms with regard to the incorporeal. Here gestural marks are merely traces of transmission from actual to virtual realms. Thus in the traditional sense these paintings have no body: they are machines for generating, rather than representing form.


Rod Barton Gallery

One Paget Street,
London EC1V 7PA


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