GROUP EXHIBITION

“Colouring the Edge”

Exhibition

Curator:

Alexandra Donaldson

28.01 – 12.03/2016
3812 Gallery

“Every form is a base for colour,
every colour is the attribute of a form.” ~Victor Vasarley

The relationship between colour and form is fundamental to the understanding of art and their myriad possibilities have been explored widely throughout the ages by groups of artists across all cultures. The two elements of colour and form are intrinsically linked however processed separately by the eyes and brain: this does not imply independence as it is still a very tangled process, for you cannot imagine colour without associating it with a certain object, and you cannot imagine colour without it taking some form. This wonderfully entangled relationship creates balance and harmony, which ultimately produces a rhythm that we can then respond to through evoking a beautifully personal emotional response.

Perspectives from Greek antiquity and Chinese philosophy on finding balance filtered through to much of the Bauhaus & Constructivist teaching on harmony in colour and form. Achieving a sense of balance seems to be a perfect tension between mathematic-scientific and intuitive-emotional response to colour. In this way we can allow an exploration of the creative side of ourselves, which is then regulated by the more rational ordered processing of form.

In this exhibition colour and form is conveyed through three different mediums: painting, photography and drawing. Each artist plays with spatial concerns and recreates a sense of movement through the abstract form of colour. Lothar Götz uses pencil on board to expand the grammar of drawing into the third dimension; he develops a network of lines, which transforms a flat surface into an architectural web of colour. In a similar vein Shannon Finley constructs spaces and humanoid figures out of hard-edged geometric shapes, mostly triangles which overlap, interpenetrate and intersect. The compositions have a magnificent depth that never quite coheres. In contrast to this Yelena Popova creates transparent softened geometric forms which recall the graphics and aesthetics of Russian Constructivism and Minimalism. Her point of inspiration comes from the Greek Discus thrower using elliptical curves and repeated rhythmic shapes across the linen canvases in order to articulate a kind of balance.

There is an interesting juxtaposition of natural and manmade colours throughout the exhibition which disrupt your expectations of what you are viewing. Tommy Clarke photographs beautifully expansive Salt Planes, which are completely untouched landscapes and whose colours vary depending on the location and levels of salt. These works are evocative of Rothko’s pulsating paintings so they cause you to pause and ask what medium you are looking at. On the other hand Tim Braden has embraced bold acid hues that feel much more manmade despite depicting abstract forms. We are conditioned to understand and respond to the colour spectrum through attributing emotions to each tone, which varies enormously from culture to culture.

I am delighted to present this exhibition to you and I hope that you enjoy your journey through a kaleidoscope of colour and encourage you to find your own balance and beauty in the variety of artworks.

ARTWORK

TIM BRADEN

Tim Braden, ‘Abstract 163’, Acrylic on canvas, 130 cm x 160 cm, 2014

Tim Braden, ‘Abstract 103’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 2014

Tim Braden, ‘Mis Amigas Las Flores’, Acrylic on canvas, 91 cm x 122 cm, 2014

Tim Braden, ‘Mehr Farbe im Garten’, Watercolour and acrylic on canvas, 165 cm x 165 cm , 2015

Tim Braden, ‘Abstract Sleeper’, Acrylic on canvas, 50 cm x 61 cm, 2015


TOMMY CLARKE

Tommy Clarke, ‘Utah Green’, C-type gloss print, 180 cm x 120 cm, 2014

Tommy Clarke, ‘Rose on Yellow’, C-type gloss print, 180 cm x 120 cm, 2014

Tommy Clarke, ‘Blue Richter’, C-type gloss print, 180 cm x 120 cm, 2014

Tommy Clarke, ‘Purple Rain’, C-type gloss print, 180 cm x 120 cm, 2014


SHANNON FINLEY

Shannon Finley, ‘Orb (Apocalypse)’, Acrylic on canvas, 208.9 cm x 168.4 cm, 2014

Shannon Finley, ‘Ray (Ruby)’, Acrylic on canvas, 45.7cm x 38.1cm, 2013

Shannon Finley, ‘Brinstar’, Acrylic on linen, 210.8 cm x 170.2 cm, 2015


LOTHAR GÖTZ

LOTHAR GÖTZ, ‘Soho Room (Blue I)’, Acrylic, Gouache and colour pencil on board (beech ply), 222 cm x 46.5 cm(diptych), 2014

LOTHAR GÖTZ, ‘Soho Room (Blue II)’, Acrylic, Gouache and colour pencil on board (beech ply), 222 cm x 46.5 cm(diptych), 2014

LOTHAR GÖTZ, ‘Soho Room (Red)’, Acrylic, Gouache and colour pencil on board (beech ply), 93 cm x 110 cm, 2015

LOTHAR GÖTZ, ‘Purple Rain’, Acrylic, Gouache and colour pencil on board (beech ply), 120 cm x 90 cm, 2014


YELENA POPOVA

YELENA POPOVA, ‘Untitled with 3 circles’, Mixed media on linen, 92 cm x 66 cm, 2014

YELENA POPOVA, ‘Untitled’, Mixed media on linen, 116.5 cm x 137 cm, 2013

YELENA POPOVA, ‘Untitled’, Mixed media on linen, 116.5 cm x 137cm, 2013

YELENA POPOVA, ‘Untitled (Turquoise smile)’, Mixed media on linen, 100 cm x 70 cm, 2013

YELENA POPOVA, ‘Untitled (Blue)’, Mixed media on linen, 100 cm x 75 cm, 2013


EVENT PHOTO

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Tommy Clarke at 3812 Gallery

Tommy Clarke_Photographs

Calvin Hui, George Ho, Mark Peaker

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Audience viewing Lothar Gotz painting, Opening Reception at 3812 Gallery

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Audience viewing Tommy Clarke artwork, Opening Reception at 3812 Gallery

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Shannon Finley and Yelena Popova paintings

Shannon Finley

Julien Loic Garin, Calvin Hui

Mark Peaker (CEO, 3812 gallery), Alexandra Donaldson (the curator), Tommy Clarke (Artist), Calvin Hui (Artistic Director, 3812 Gallery)

Mark Peaker (CEO), Calvin Hui (Artistic Director), 3812 Gallery

Matthew Ho

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