no format Gallery are launching their new gallery in Deptford Foundry complex with an exhibition of new works by London-based artist Gavin Maughfling.
The paintings in ‘Did you see me coming?’ use processes of layering to create complex narratives. Their imagery roams across recent decades of queer experience. They take in sources as varied as gay home movies from 1950s America, the reality TV show ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, footage of the show’s creator RuPaul in bohemian 1980s Manhattan, current Youtube video blogs created by young queer Londoners, and the artist’s own private photograph and film archives.
The works examine the contingent and fluid nature of queer experience, and the ways in which its foundations continually re-adjust to changing social conditions. They suggest that our ongoing reshaping of identity is enriched by the handing on of intergenerational knowledge, through the recounting of personal trajectories, domestic lives and political struggles.
In these paintings, the connections we draw across history and between our differing personal experiences are suggested and hinted at rather than clearly mapped out. Imagery floats in and out of view, sometimes eluding the viewer’s grasp. Time is not linear, but instead shifts shape and rebounds, as the paintings’ personae and settings super-impose themselves, merging and colliding. The tactility of the paint-handling, including that of flesh, constructs a temporal and sensory language that reaches beyond the photographic record.
Gavin Maughfling trained at the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford, and at the University of East London. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Most recently, he was shortlisted in 2018 for the Emerald Life Winter Pride Art Awards, and has been selected by Sacha Craddock for the Creekside Open 2019, opening in June. Primarily a painter, he also works with the moving image, and his collaging of archive film has been central to developing the works in this exhibition.