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A Critical Contagion in the Quiet of the Night:

Paintings, Collages, Writings, Projects, Notes

Peter Suchin

6 March 2014–30 April 2014

In this, the first exhibition at & Model given over to the work of a single individual, Peter Suchin presents a large selection of paintings, collages, texts and documentary material relating to his practice as an artist, critic, and curator. Whilst Suchin is perhaps best known for his often polemical contributions to publications such as Art Monthly, Frieze, The Guardian, Mute, Variant and many other journals, he has also been, since 1978, an exhibiting artist. A Critical Contagion in the Quiet of the Night provides a “reverse chronology” of Suchin’s paintings alongside other published and exhibited pieces in a variety of media, together with a range of notes, manuscripts, drawings and “Pocket Paintings” not previously shown in public. A further mosaic of papers, photographs and recordings document Suchin’s collaborations with other artists, critics and curators, and a number of books from his personal library of some 6000 volumes are also on display.

Suchin’s paintings are frequently the result of an extensive process of revision and redefinition. Just as he has, in his capacity as an art critic, speculated upon the institutional and ideological frameworks of art, Suchin has, in his paintings, addressed the implicit contingencies of the medium itself. As the writers David Hopkins, Eleanor Moreton and Sally O’Reilly have each observed, these paintings are tightly composed yet border on chaos and dissolution, appearing to fall apart and re-form themselves like optical illusions or picture-puzzles designed to seduce – or to disorientate – the spectator. These complicated, layered, recursive works also provoke a wilful ambiguity with respect to their status as pictorial representation or unsullied abstraction, keeping both ends of the spectrum constantly in play.

Peter Suchin’s solo exhibitions include Compendiums and Palimpsests (T1+2, London, 2003), Museum of the Vexed Text (Redux, London, 2003), and The Grey Planets (HICA, Inverness, 2008). Group shows and collaborations include Russian Doll (with Martin Creed, Liam Gillick, Elizabeth Price and Giorgio Sadotti, MOT, London, 2004), Lost in Translation, (HAU, Athens, Greece, 2005), Merz= (Bregenz Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria, 2006), No Letters (Nettie Horn, London, 2008), 4 x 4 (with Chris Tosic, Sartorial, London, 2008), Psychopomp (Art Wars Project Space, London, 2009), Hearing Bertolt Brecht (Moss Gallery, Nottingham, 2010), and Scent of Scagliola (with Michael Hampton, Tank, London, 2010). Curatorial projects include Black Box (with Lela Budde, E:vent Gallery, London, 2006), Planchette (The Residence, London, 2007), and Point of Address (Outpost, Norwich, 2010).

A compilation of selected writings by Peter Suchin is available as a PDF download.

Peter Suchin, Connotation Field, 1999, acrylic on board, 61 x 76cmPeter Suchin, Connotation Field, 1999, acrylic on board, 61 x 76cm

Peter Suchin, Tempered, Distended, Folded, Suspended, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 138 x 134cmPeter Suchin, Tempered, Distended, Folded, Suspended, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 138 x 134cm

Peter Suchin, An Endless Loop of Death, 2004, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30cmPeter Suchin, An Endless Loop of Death, 2004, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30cm