CHARLIE DUTTON GALLERY
1A Princeton Street, LONDON WC1R 4AX
deliberations in construction, sequence and colour
June – 2nd July 2011
This exhibition brings together artists who are working today to produce new work that consciously furthers and develops the relatively short history of abstract painting. Using geometric shapes as essential elements, systems or through referencing architecture, pattern or structures in furniture and surface design, the artists here explore the formal: the effectiveness of colour and tone and their own experience of composition and arrangement in order to realise something that works aesthetically: a balance of symmetry and asymmetry: something striving towards harmony.
Moving away from, and yet referencing, the idealism of exhibitions such as ‘This is Tomorrow’, Whitechapel Art Gallery 1956, and the constructed art movement of the 50s and 60s, which set out to bring together artists and architects in an attempt to bridge the two disciplines and blur boundaries, abstract painters may have different or new connections to today’s contemporary architecture. However, the work here recognises or is still part of those new disciplines and paths in abstract painting, which developed and flourished in Europe in the early part of the 20th century in the De Stijl and Constructivism movements, schools like the Bauhaus and the original 1950s London Group in Britain.
The work in this show examines how artists are still discovering new visual ideas, through the complex and technically challenging process of applying paint and other materials onto a ‘blank canvas’. It is hoped that through the process of contrasting and comparing an opportunity is provided for debate and discussion with regard to visual language: a small critical forum for artists and audience to consider these works and the concepts, methods or systems behind their construction.