Serving Suggestion presents Nick Santoro's latest collection of work and his first solo exhibition at The Egg & Dart. Acknowledging the flatness of painting on board, Santoro's images are literally served up, with a ground plane that tilts towards us, offering new urban views. These scenes are balanced by frozen moments of social connection where objects such as a beer can or a mic stand mediate the interaction between people.
Santoro's punk aesthetic, crossing the streams between music culture and art making, merges his experiences as an artist and musician. His paintings are pulled from everyday encounters between people or snapshot views of boxy buildings framed by car-parks. By doing away with sentimental qualities of light, the artist can directly employ playful colour and edgy composition to press pause on the dynamic between people and places. Figures are half-cropped into the frame or slip off the edge of the surface, with eye contact and gesture determining the interaction. This is echoed in the painted decorative framing which further crops a scene out of the continuum of events. The sculptural frames bring form and depth against the flatness of the picture plane. The pattern application references hi-viz warning tape used to cordon off an area. But Santoro uses this framing technique to draw a line around moments that are fleeting, to bring our attention to the space between people.