Mandy Ure (b. 1969, London, UK) lives and works in London.
In Mandy Ure’s paintings there is an absurd investment, a committed doubt, in producing paintings that address temporality, belief and scepticism in a paintings ability to signify anything. Her paintings rehearse the rhetoric of painting, using the precedents and conventions of mark making, picturing and construction. These mechanistic methods are absorbed and conflated with an expressionless declaration of physical fact and a fascination with the desire for a potentially stable pictorial referent. The paintings fluctuate – by way of production and forms implied – between a simulation of meaningful activity and a belief that the temporality of painting can (still) allow for an alternate (s)pace of understanding.
Solo shows include: Painting no.45 – Painting no.82, Bristol Diving School, Bristol, (2009); Desperate Remedies, Marksman Gallery, Reading, (2006); Mandy Ure, Holly Snapp Gallery, Venice (50th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art), (2003).
Selected group exhibitions include: Native, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, US, (2016); A Union of Voices, Horatio Jr, London, (2014); ‘Here, there and somewhere in between, Horatio Jr, London, (2014); Welcome to Corfu, Depot, London, (2014); Festival of Portunalia, Peer, London (performance) (2014); Ion, Corfu Gallery, London, (2013); There are no lines here…only the slow curve of the horizon, APT Gallery, London (2013); Friendship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London, (2011); Marred Epaulettes, various sites (collaboration with P.Manson), (2010); British Painting, Galerie Hollenbach, Stuttgart, (2007).
Simon Buckley and Othmar Farré Present FOUNDATION PAINTING SHOW
Jedrzej Cichosz, Olga Cerkasova, Adrian Falkner, Michael Fullerton, Paula Henrike Herrmann, Jan Kiefer, Andrew Kerr, Mathis Gasser, Raphael Linsi, Sophie Mackfall, France-Lise McGurn, Victoria Morton, Alys Owen, Max Ruf, Justin Stephens, Mandy Ure, Anna Diehl
Instead of being hung on a gallery wall, the paintings in this accessible and playful exhibition are placed on sofas in the window of the British Heart Foundation shop on Stockwell Street. Each day, Simon Buckley and Othmar Farré will arrange a new configuration of three or four pieces by a host of international artists.
Placed on the sofas, the paintings project a hard-won casualness, a contorted scene set and there they sit, hiding in plain sight, quietly championing the relevance of a little bit of irreverence.
Supported by Glasgow International. With thanks to The British Heart Foundation.
Thu 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm