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Chris Hamer: Border Paintings

'Fenced In', Acrylic on Canvas, 40.5 x 30.5 cm, 2014

Details of my solo exhibition, which opens tonight at Rogue Studios in Levenshulme. This is part of the LCAC project that runs alongside the Manchester International Festival until 28th July.


On the Gorton border the runoff from the carwash stains the pavement by a fence that has collapsed. Over the A6 the broken stones are rearranged nightly, bridging the floodwater in the space of the tunnel after it rains. Time seems to be patchy around here, and can alter strikingly from one street to the next: it can be the time of the city, sometimes of the suburbs, sometimes it has a more rural quality. This temporal jumble can come into my studio, where water dries in washes, or crusts on the canvas- these works are mostly produced by the paint itself. I am more visible, as an author, when I leave tracks on the surfaces with a finger or with a brush. The contrast between these two means of applying paint allows processes of personal memory, and a more collective accumulation of material processes on the surfaces around the area to enter my practise. On installing this exhibition various works are left flat on the table by the window. Slowly the view from the project space begins to interact with the surfaces and structures outside and so returns them partly to the ruined fabric of Levenshulme, and in doing so questions their completion.


Chris Hamer was born in Bolton in 1970 and studied at Leeds Polytechnic 1989- 92. He was the Co-Chair of Object Studios Limited, Manchester 1995-1997 and lectured in Contextual Studies at Mid-Cheshire College (for Chester University). He is currently undertaking an MRes at Miriad. His exhibitions include Leeds Open Exhibition Leeds City Art Gallery 1992, Art of the Sacred Egton Priory North Yorkshire 1993, Manchester Academy of Fine Art Manchester City Art Gallery 1993, Stockport Open Stockport Art Gallery 1994, Object One 29 John Dalton Street Manchester 1994, Compartment Rogue Studios Manchester 2005, Mini-Series 85 Rockdove Avenue Manchester 2006, John Moore’s 2010, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, Vyner Street, London and Occupy 2013, 144 Arthur Millwood Court, Rodney Street, Salford.

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