19 November 2016 – 4 March 2017.
Often site responsive, Louise Giovanelli’s practice embodies an affection for aspects of older paintings seen during museum visits.
The starting point for many of her own paintings is a pre-existing historical feature or detail, an interesting element or peculiarity of these older works, which becomes the catalyst for re-appraisal. There is a sense of re-focusing and of re-framing with her painting functioning like a camera, drawing attention to details that would otherwise be left overlooked, unexplored, or dismissed.
After researching the permanent fine art collection here at Touchstones Rochdale, Giovanelli has produced a series of new paintings that re-imagine and re-configure existing works within it, casting them in a different light and suggesting new narratives.
Image: Louise Giovanelli, 'The Beard III', 2016: Courtesy the artist & The International 3.