Featuring one of Sir Howard Hodgkin's most recent paintings, this exhibition will explore the notion of Hidden.
A multidisciplinary exhibition with work by leading and emerging contemporary artists. The exhibition will feature, alongside Sir Howard Hodgkin's recent painting, etchings by Antony Gormley, ceramics by Claudia Clare, paintings by Anglo-French artist Aglaé Bassens and paintings by British artists Peter Care and Matthew David Smith as well as lithographs by Robert Motherwell.
The artists here explore the dichotomy between the visual language of representation deployed by the artist and the viewer. For Hodgkin, the subject of his work is the point of departure as well as arrival. Hodgkin's work is a masterclass in the most exquisite control of gesture and colour, displaying the most acute awareness of the relationship between brush and paint, support and matter: these come together with a sensitivity that is unsurpassed, creating an intense oscillation between the subject, the physicality of the work, and the viewer who beholds it.
Peter Care's work also explores the intense relationship between the viewer and the work of art and raises questions about subject. The real subject for Care is the internal narrative between the artist and his practice. Like Hodgkin, gesture, form, colour and texture are all part of the artist's weaponry to craft and design and create an intense visual experience that has no other equivalent in life. Care's work controls paint to carefully reveal and expose forms until he is satisfied with the aesthetic result. For Care the subject reveals itself during the process of painting which then becomes the basis for a whole body of work. The subject in this sense is hidden until it is revealed to the maker.
Aglaé Bassen's work is iterated by absences which become palpably present in her work. Bassens' paintings often feature truncated forms or subjects which are unusually or unexpectedly cropped. Less is very much more with Bassens. To reveal or describe too much would take away the emotional and visual potency of her art which explores the uniqueness of the human condition. What is left unsaid is as important as what is there in Bassen's work.
Claudia Clare's work is powerful, engaging and important. Her large-scale ceramics are a tour-de-force. Travelling West details the journey of an Iranian immigrant to the UK. Ararat to Albania is a memorial to the work of three extraordinary women in the Balkans during WW1. It features The Great Serbian Retreat of 1915-16 and, close to Mt. Ararat, the smoking villages remember the Armenian Genocide, 1915. Clare's work brings to the light hidden heroines and heros whose stories need telling.
Matthew David Smith (b.1989) studied Fine Art at Oxford Brookes and since graduating in 2014 has held exhibitions in London, Dublin and Copenhagen. He is building up an international reputation for his work that is a unique manifestation of the urban environment. For Smith, materiality is key in his process of layering, adding and removal. Smith creates painterly collages of the visual stimuli of the urban and contemporary world – design, architecture and the internet inform his work. The fleeting and man made nature of the spatial and temporal experiences of the city are assimulated by Smith and recreated in a new and beautiful form.