Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...
In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...
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...
‘When studying colour in nature and watching how it splits, bounces, reflects and absorbs, I ask myself, 'How much am I not seeing?’'
Fred Sorrell’s paintings have their basis in the act of looking. His work is predicated on a rigorous and extended study of light, colour, space and form in nature. Beginning with colour studies and notes made ‘in the field’ Sorrell then works in the studio to distill his perceptions into abstract compositional structures that maximise the dynamic interplay of colour and dramatise the relationship of motif and ground. Using subtle shifts and transitions of tone and colour tied to rhythmic, rectilinear motifs Sorrell seeks to create a viewing experience analogous to that experienced before nature. His abstract images are not merely an objective record but an emotional response that also reflects the fluid dynamism of the experience of looking.
Sorrell’s current working methodology is the result of an extended period of research. After graduating in 2008 he exhibited widely but subsequently stopped showing his work between 2014 and 2019 as he sought to find a new way of working. In the event he abandoned an earlier gestural methodology for a more formally structured approach, finding a paradoxical freedom in working within the tight parameters he imposed upon himself.
While his paintings deal with a highly personal, temporal perception of space, their titles take the viewer back to the point of inspiration. Titles such as Field, Dusk or Late Summer reference a location or season, thus tracing aspects of Sorrell’s inspiration. For Sorrell it is important that his work is connected to the natural world and not seen in isolation. However, as Sorrell says, ‘the paintings are not imitating nature in some way. The colours and forms are my response to it–trying to build a sense of the connectedness of space through light.’ Through this process, he says, ‘there is a point at which the paintings become their own thing...’
Parafin will showcase Sorrell’s new work in early 2020 with a solo exhibition including the largest paintings he has made to date.
Fred Sorrell (born London, 1984) studied at Falmouth College University (2004–2008). His most recent solo exhibition was Between Sea and Sky, Saturation Point, London (2019). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, Royal Standard, Liverpool, and Cob Gallery, London. He has undertaken residencies at The Florence Trust, London (2012–2013), Takt, Berlin (2009) and Kerel de Grote Hogeschool, Antwerp (2008). He lives and works in London.
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