A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
Gallery 9 is proud to present The State Of It, Ed Bats third solo show across all three rooms.
These all new works form part of a continuity in abstraction that, in the artists own words, has developed into a fluidity and a language and represents an expansion into the variables of that language. Reworking surfaces has also become an important part of his practice and has contributed many of the methodical yet unhurried attributes going into this show.
Utilising partial framing and a heavy emphasis on the outer edges, on occasion even overflowing onto the frame itself, the peripheral and the boundary becomes central.
'The work follows my 2017 show The Smallest Weird Number and while the focus on individuality has intensified my wish would probably be for the work to translate itself to the viewer on their terms, but also their own time. Definitely I'm much more interested in what people take away from it as opposed to anything I have to tell them about it.
The reworking has also become more severe and unplanned with the introduction of new materials and methods. Each new mark is almost excited to be covered by the next, working it's way towards the periphery.
I like to think the partial framing on the canvas paintings indicates an ongoing narrative, a blurring of the boundaries of the painting, allowing it to keep growing.'
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