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Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

Wednesday, June 26

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Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

25 May – 20 July 2024

Bringing together four distinct painters – Bernadette Kerrigan, Chris Martin, Daniel Pettitt, and EJ Hauser – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today explores the formal and informal ways each of them make sense of the world through paint.

KARST acts as a meeting point for a multiplicity of concerns the artists explore through a range of visual registers. Spanning generations, genders and continents, the artists – and their works – are connected through affinities: conversations emerge across the gallery space allowing for overlapping conceptual and material attitudes to chime. Bernadette Kerrigan’s visual vocabulary indicates the multifaceted and mutable significance of things. Chris Martin’s colourful works merge encyclopaedic figuration with painterly abstraction. Daniel Pettitt’s paintings track fluctuations of index, memory, fragment, metaphor and mood as they congeal and dissolve into partial images. EJ Hauser combines impressions of natural phenomena with lyrical phrases, and graphic and typographic strategies.

The exhibition’s title Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is taken from David Byrne and Brian Eno’s eponymous collaborative album and song. It serves as a thematic anchor, highlighting the interconnectedness of creative endeavours and underscoring the importance of unity and camaraderie. It can also be understood as a poetic declaration on all the possibilities available when making a painting – intuition, design, chance, and technique all being factors that come into play.

Rather than attempting to define a movement in contemporary painting, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today brings into focus the social relationships and networks through which painters can share ideas – as well as spheres of influence and access to platforms. Through vibrant paintings and works on paper, viewers are invited to explore unconventional narratives and interpretive possibilities that challenge notions of artistic expression.

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is supported by Arts Council England, Timothy Taylor and Haverkampf Leistenschneider, Berlin.

The exhibition will be on view until Saturday 20 July (Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm).

About KARST

KARST is an independent contemporary art space based in South West England that is internationally recognised for dynamic creative programming. Situated in Plymouth’s Millbay, KARST is a gallery and studio complex.

Our ambition is for everyone to have the opportunity to engage with, participate in and experience contemporary art. We create space for taking risks, where artists and curators provoke, disrupt and innovate. KARST is a test-bed for experimentation across artforms, attracting diverse audiences through exhibitions, screenings, music events, and performances.

KARST is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

About the artists

Bernadette Kerrigan (b. 1971 Coventry, U.K., Lives and works in Hereford). Recent two person and group shows include: The Lie-By, PALFREY, London (2020); Colours That No-one Knows The Name Of – Recent Activity, Birmingham (2018); Pharmacy For Idiots, Rob Tufnell at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Cologne (2017). Kerrigan is a Senior Tutor in Painting at The University of Brighton.

Chris Martin (b. 1954, Washington D.C., USA. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York). Recent solo shows include: After the Rain, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (2022); Recent Paintings, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2022); Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2022); Talking All Morning, with Tamara Gonzales, The Pit, Los Angeles (2021). Recent Group exhibitions include: (Mostly) Women (Mostly) Abstract pt. II, Eric Firestone Gallery, New York (2023); Schema: World as Diagram, Marlborough Gallery, New York (2023).

Daniel Pettitt (b. 1986, Brighton, U.K. Lives and works in London). Recent solo shows include: Skeleton Tree, Brighton CCA, The University of Brighton (2022); Granite and Rainbow, PALFREY, London (2019). Recent group shows include Soft Semaphore, Seventeen, London (2024); Coat Heel Throat, Recent Activity, Birmingham (2023); British Art at Albemarle, Paul Smith, London (2023); Cuckoo, Freelands Foundation, London (2023).

EJ Hauser (Born 1967, Peru, IL, USA. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York). Recent solo exhibitions include: Grow Room, Derek Eller, New York (2024); Song of Summer, Haverkampf Leistenschneider, Berlin, (2023); Mountains and Peaks, Parrasch Heijnen, Los Angeles (2023); WINDOW, Anton Kern, New York (2022). Recent Group shows include: Run with the Wolves, The Pit, Los Angeles (2021); Of Clocks and Clouds, PALFREY, London (2021).

Upcoming events

Wednesday, July 17
Untitled design (13)
Bringing together four distinct painters – Bernadette Kerrigan, Chris Martin, Daniel Pettitt, and EJ Hauser – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today explores the formal and informal ways each of them make sense of the world through paint.
Saturday, July 20
Untitled design (25)
Hettie Judah, writer and exhibition curator, shares insights from her research for her book, Acts of Creation: On Art and Motherhood which explores the joys, messes, myths and mishaps of parenting through visual culture.
Wednesday, July 24
Untitled design (24)
Take a deeper lunchtime look into ‘The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure’.
Saturday, July 27
Untitled design (3)
Come and immerse yourselves in an exhibition that explores pivotal moments in Plymouth’s past and present relationship with the sea.

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