Reflex Gallery presents Fragmented Realities, a group exhibition featuring the artists Michael Craig- Martin, Anna Liber Lewis, Daniel Firman, Harland Miller, and Gavin Turk. Each artist composes fragments in their work, be that through abstraction or figuration, paintings or sculptures. Dwelling on the artists' work with fragments, this exhibition offers a kaleidoscopic vision of a whirlwind of bits and pieces that altogether composes reality.
Fragmentation is a working method of each of the artists Reflex invited; they are deeply engaged with the world and visualising its shards. Daniel Firman conjures up wild sculptures examining human existence as a magnetic force attracting objects, little items stick to a person's head as a life-size sculpture of the flux of information we exist in every day. Also fascinated with this, Michael Craig-Martin on highlights items as exhilarating icons of mundanity as he zooms in on bowling balls, phones, and laptops. The artists' works mirrors and expand one another's interpretation. Keith Coventry proffers an insight into the recognisability of signs as he showcases parts of the McDonald's M in his Junk paintings.
Yet, the artists' works are also abstract when approaching the theme of fragmentation. Gavin Turk playfully stabs his initials into egg paintings, dramatically perforating them with his artist signature. Through geometric and organic shapes, Anna Liber Lewis orchestrates a narrative of the conflict and harmony an artist encounters when composing a painting. Triangular shape meets circle meets curve; contrasting colour fields rub shoulders on her canvasses. The fragments are the building blocks of their works created through vandalism, signatures, and brushstrokes. They do not naively approach the world as a united whole but showcase it as beautiful explosion of splinters twirling through the air.
Press release courtesy Reflex Amsterdam.