7-28 March 2015
PV Friday 6 March 6-8pm
Projection noun (prəˈdʒɛkʃ(ə)n):
1) the act or process of causing a picture, movie, etc., to appear on a surface
2) the attribution of one's own ideas or feelings to other people or to objects
3) an estimate of future possibilities
synonyms: imagining, appraisal, portrayal, illuminate, scenario, forecast
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The Other Studio Blog wrote
"In an information-hungry age where any question can be googled and every answer found on Wikipedia, there are no such insights to be found about Farthing’s work. They simply don’t exist. Tom’s subjects are mainly complete strangers. He knows nothing about them (and nor do we). If you come to view Farthing’s work to find a familiar narrative, some rags to riches cliché or a more sophisticated version of agony aunt, you better be prepared to make and find it yourself.
This feature of Tom Farthing's work is what attracted James Stewart, curator at Zimmer Stewart to the paintings "Where there is little obvious or overt information we can attach stories from our own experiences to these seemingly familiar compostions"
See also The Kitchen Sink article by David Sylvester from Encounter Magazine in 1954. In this article he uses the phrase "kitchen sink realism" for the first time to describe the post-WWII painters and their everyday subjects. These he contrasts with the cubists and surrealists who came before.
He writes "The point is that this is a very ordinary kitchen, lived in by a very ordinary family"...a description that could equally be applied to Tom Farthings new social realism paintings in "Projections". see link to full article to the right.