Shimmering Substance is an international group exhibition investigating the substance of art; its physical properties, surface and material quality. This is the first in a series of shows exploring the practice of painting. The title Shimmering Substance is taken from a 1946 painting by the American artist Jackson Pollock. Like the following show, which focuses on image and the picturesque, Shimmering Substance investigates properties particularly associated with painting but also includes work in a variety of media. Shimmering Substance is an exhibition about the ecstasy of matter, which is expressed not just in paint, but in the water, foam, clay, glass, and glitter present in the exhibition.
The artists in Shimmering Substance include Enid Baxter Blader, Mel Bochner, Kate Bright, Tom Chamberlain, Sarah Dobai, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Alexis Harding, Roger Hiorns, Rachel Howard, Marilyn Minter, David Musgrave, Ernesto Neto, Lawson Oyekan, Rudolf Stingel, Lawrence Weiner and Pae White. The exhibition is co-curated by Barry Schwabsky and Catsou Roberts.