Radical Romanticism

This catalogue accompanies an exhibition of paintings, prints and video where the experience of the everyday is considered anew.

The idea that a romantic undercurrent might apply to works that have an orientation to the everyday caused me to reflect on what kind of romanticism this might be. Romanticism appears to be the antithesis of the plain-speak of the everyday, for it often emphasises the subjective, the emotional or the transcendent. Generally the everyday in art takes as its subject matter the materiality or experience of the immediate world around us. Often them subject matter is seen to be trite, or at best ordinary and of small consequence; often there is an interest in the discarded, or something of marginal interest; representation is usually direct or straightforward; and often there is a focus on the abject, or the expressionless.