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Colouring the Past - an exhibition by international artist Antico

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The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland invites you to a reception marking the launch of the Colouring the Past exhibition by Antico.

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About the Exhibition

Influenced by both the colours of ancient manuscripts and the vivid emotions of jazz, this unique exhibition brings together twenty two works which span twenty two years of output from this very illusive artist. The music that influenced the artistic practice will play during the opening event.

Antico has studied archives and artefacts across the world and drawn upon this experience to imagine a sense of the past. Whilst history is an account of past events, often detached from contemporary life, our concept of ‘the past’ provokes a more subtle interpretation. The past is moreover perceived as the time before the present, and therefore continues to be intrinsically linked to our sense of self.

Our concept of the past offers us the opportunity to reflect upon history on a more personal level. Sometimes the past adds vibrancy, and sometimes the colours fade. What can this body of work tell us now? The individual objects already bear witness to the transformative influence of time on the artist. Will time alter their meaning and interpretation in the future?

Exhibition runs until 31 March 2020.

Artist Statement

I am inspired by the colours that survive on ancient objects and manuscripts. These rare archives and artefacts help us connect past and present.

“Created during the darkness of night”.

After preparing a surface using precious metal dust on a chalk, wood or linen support, I switch on a playlist of jazz or jazz inspired music, and then switch off the lights. Using oils, pigments, and natural brushes or feathers, I paint in the dark to achieve an unfinished (or timeless) vocabulary. As a piece of music begins, a new painting begins – to be suddenly abandoned at the end of that piece of music.

“The past is contemporary, as it happens in the limits of the present”.

By limiting the creative process to the duration of music, my efforts rarely achieve a sense of life. Most images emerge from the darkness dead. Faced with each image in the light, the present becomes the protagonist of time. Only the timeless gesture survives the night. Most of my work is destroyed.

Afterword: “the colour of jazz is a primitive memory; darkness and colour, light and shade, exist in the present, as the first performance has passed”.

Antico, October 2019

Artist Profile

Antico studied archaeology and Classical drawing, and has gone on to exhibit work across seven continents including Asia, Africa and Australian Antarctica – in countries as culturally diverse as South Korea, Israel and Egypt.

Acknowledgements

Antico would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for supporting the creative process which culminated in the creation of work and/or loaning works which currently form part of their collection:

Centre Georges Pompidou

Jewish Museum, New York, United States of America

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Italy

Museu Egipci de Barcelona, Catalonia

Museo Egizio, Torino, Italy

上海当代艺术馆, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, PR. China

متحف الفن المصري الحديث, Museum of Egyptian Modern Art, Cairo, Egypt

Private Collection, Asolo, Veneto, Italy

Private Collection, London, England

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Royal Academy of Arts

St Edmund Hall, Queens Lane, Oxford OX1 4AR

The British Council

東京藝術大学大学美術館, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan

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