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.
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.