003. Dale Adcock

Dale Adcock, Template I & II, 2010-2011. Oil On Linen; 245 x 195 cm.

­­To celebrate its launch, Traction interviewed five artists featured in 2013′s ‘The Future Can Wait’, London’s annual curated exhibition to coincide with Frieze Week. Here, we meet Dale Adcock. 

 

This is your fourth year showing work in The Future Can Wait. How has your work changed over this period of time?

All my work is mediated by my imagination. I can’t speak for an audience, just me, although I try to make myself as empty as possible and that helps, I think.

I make three to six paintings a year, so they develop and emerge quite slowly! The biggest development has been the clarity of the total idea of the imagined work and it’s closeness in feel to the actual painting.

Your paintings find a certain abstraction within the bounds of figuration. How does your approach to form enable this balance?

All the paintings balance between figuration and the ancient question of how to represent something on a two-dimensional surface.

Dale Adcock, Mystic, 2013. Oil on Linen; 204 x 126 cm.

Much of your work draws on fantasy or imagined imagery. How does this personal language play out in its relationship to an audience?

All my work is mediated by my imagination. I can’t speak for an audience, just me, although I try to make myself as empty as possible and that helps, I think.

Your paintings show a great deal of control and discipline in their realization whereas your drawings suggest a more expressive freedom. How do these two approaches to making work relate within your practice?

The drawings and paintings are ONE THING! The drawings inform the paintings and the paintings inform the drawings, it is a dynamic relationship.

Where can we next see your work?

You can see my work at 'The Future Can Wait' 2013 and at The House of the Nobleman over Frieze week.

 

Dale Adcock’s work can be seen at The Future Can Wait at Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1B 4DA until ­­­­17 October.

Visit his website for more information on his practice.