Narbi PriceArtist, Technician, Teacher, Researcher, Gallery educator
'On the way to the library to write this, I was sure I was going to see an empty packet of Space Raiders by the bus stop, but all I found was an apple core and a green balloon, unblown. Laurie Anderson once said that novels are full of things happening to people, but she wanted to write a novel about the spaces inbetween, where nothing was happening. Narbi's pictures would be perfect illustrations for that book. It takes a certain state of mind to choose a neutral object as your subject, to choose the mundane over the dramatic, the trivial exterior over the florid treasures of the inner world. On one level, there's a disavowal of the grandiose and histrionic, the expressionistic; on another, a gentle subversion of the hierarchy of values that underpins our seeing. The mundane and banal have had their champions - from Vermeer and Corbet to Lowrie and Hopper, from Roger McGough to Jarvis Cocker and The Royle Family. But Narbi's quiet studies aren't social commentary, pop celebration or living-room bathos. For me, in their carefully crafted blandness, they signify the presence of a willingness to let the world speak for itself. The absence of human subjects and deliberate lack of narrative place the viewer in a unique but uniquely familiar position - alone with the world as it is. The neutral object steers us between the twin magnets of attraction and aversion, and confronts us with something more challenging perhaps - the ambiguity of the everyday, the places we inhabit while nothing's happening.' (Text by Nev Clay, originally published in part in Summer 2009 show catalogue, August 2009)
|Location||Newcastle upon Tyne, North East|
|Activities||Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research|
|Artforms||Drawing, Painting, Printmaking|
|Tags||painting, john moores, acrylic, urban, formal, photorealism, canvas, abstract, geometric, lithograph|
News & Events
13/09/2014 – 15/11/2015
GalleriaSIX, Via Fillpino Lippi 12, Milan, 20133, Italy
Solo exhibition of new small paintings.
Painting Past Present: A Painter’s Craft
06/10/2013 – 09/02/2014
Laing Art Gallery
Group show exploring modern and contemporary approaches to painting.
06/10/2013 – 26/10/2013