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'Growth Area'

new work by


Artist reception 12th May 2011

13th May - 4th June


Charlie Dutton Gallery is proud to present Simon Haddock who is a painter and installation artist living and working in London.


His constructed landscapes have the quality of an imaginary urban landscape, and in his new work he moves to explore some of the imperatives and fragile coexistences that underpin this complex human, technological ecosystem.

At first “Growth Area” seems like a terminology from another world, the financial speculator’s boardroom, a biological observation, or a graph depicting demographic migration. In his first solo show at Charlie Dutton gallery, Haddock examines the concepts of speculation, proliferation and becoming, as “mythologies of expansion”, through the idea of landscape painting and the psyche of the city.



In this exhibition, he further explores the connection between the methodologies of painting and patterns of growth, qualities that are at once physically tangible and intuitively felt. He describes a painting ‘acting like a virus.’ Extending this idea he says ‘a work quickly creates its own relations, its own logic; a propagation of possibilities multiplying itself into being’. The new works appear almost cartographic, surfaces across which structures and visual forms ‘migrate’. ‘The process of making the work is like the generation of a multi-dimensional map evolving through time. As a work grows, hamlets or satellite towns on the outskirts gradually become subsumed. The fabric of the painting slowly reveals these settlements, and their importance in the work may grow or dissipate into nothingness.’


Despite their overt vibrancy, these paintings function as abstracted narratives whose terminology only slowly comes into focus. Some of their directive force suggests influences of early renaissance painting, with points of ‘significance’ created by arrow and gesture, as might appear in an altar piece depicting a row of Saints and their attributes. The spatial logic of the work also echoes elements of constructivism, or the dreamlike convolutions of surrealism in a neon-lit modernity.




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