Cope’s work as a painter liberates itself from all easy categorisation by presenting himself and us with problems not to solve but to question. Again and again. The image-maker simultaneously as iconoclast, perhaps: not dilettante eclecticism, but a sardonic joy and (at one and the same time) delighted cynicism at the limitless (im)possibilities of painting. Of course he can paint photo-realistically (who couldn’t in any case learn?) Of course he can adapt tropes, seize on motifs, deconstruct the canvas, make a mess. But there’s more, there’s always more: with energy, imagination and sly wit each painting thwarts its own outcome (what, Cope might ask, is the point of painting when the result is a foregone conclusion?) Within each canvas there are points at which, the result already apparent he (clearly) takes off at once down some non-signposted path.
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‘Art/Converters!’ 2015 kicks off at studio1.1 in London
A fundraiser group show to support the gallery, all artists work will be available at just £200 per piece.
Mike Armitage,David Austen,Andrew Bick,Catrine Bodum,Marcus Cope, Ben Deakin,Nick Goss,Benjamin Jenner,Conor Kelly,Rob Lye,Sarah Macdonald,David Musgrave,Ben Newton,Roger Phillips,Chooc Ly Tan,Alison Wilding.