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Stanley Casselman’s ‘Full Circle’ at Gazelli Art House until July 22nd

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Gazelli Art House presents Full Circle, the first solo exhibition by New York based artist Stanley Casselman to be held in the UK. Featuring a new series of paintings titled Untitled Presence, this body of work returns to the essence of the artist’s practice and motivations. Whilst progressing his interest in art-making processes, a mantra of ‘innovate or die’ has led him down paths only the most curious creatives could ever uncover, and he treads new ground as he dives yet deeper into the depths of the visual unknown.

Making a departure from his Inhaling Richter series and drawing inspiration from earlier works, Casselman constructs innovative abstract compositions in fresh hues, pushing his materials and tools to the limit. Explaining what drives this practice, the artist contextualises his work within that of Art History:

The aim with each and every painting or how I judge the outcome is best explained by recounting the experience I had upon first seeing Jackson Pollock’s “One, Number 31” at MoMA (1985). I’d studied Pollock in college, but I’d never seen one in the flesh. I was drawn to the freedom in the way Pollock dripped, poured and spattered paint, but what happened that day at MoMA truly changed the course of my life. I froze in my tracks upon encountering the piece. Time and awareness of the space around me vanished, I became emotionally free, floating in and out of the work. Thus, it’s this experience that I’m trying to regenerate and the threshold or bar that I judge my work by.

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Bernd Mechler’s COLOURlust now at Lisa Norris Gallery

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

COLOURlust the new exhibition at the Lisa Norris Gallery is Bernd Mechler‘s first London solo exhibition.

Bernd Mechler is known for his abstract, potent color plays of monumental size.  From early on he had little interest in the representation of reality.  At college he was encouraged to explore his own subjective impressions of reality through painting.

This is painting about painting in the tradition of Gerhard Richter ‘s grey paintings and the white paintings by Robert Ryman.  Mechler almost empties out the canvas of any objects in order to focus entirely on what he describes as a psychological confrontation with painting.  Much of what feeds his work is extracted from life around him, be it a social event, his teaching, visiting an exhibition or simply taking a walk.  His work is spontaneous and relies on the energy of his senses, emotions, intuition and thoughts as well as his perception of the world around him, all of which filters into his compositions. (more…)

Lovers’ Imbroglio, paintings by Natalie Bruvels now at Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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Image: Natalie Bruvels’ Tidal Wave of the City (Courtesy of the artist and Studio Sixty Six)

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Born out of a pragmatic yet playful approach, Natalie Bruvels’ Lovers’ Imbroglio, her solo exhibition at Studio Sixty Six, presents artwork existing in various states of duality. A continuation of her previous series Goodbye, Lover, Bruvels resurfaces old paintings made by her ex-partner with her own, at once causing the destruction of the past and creation of the present. Click here to read more

SPECTRUM a group show at Laura Korman Gallery open now and until October 29th in LA

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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Image: A work by Maureen McQuillan (courtesy of the artist and Laura Korman Gallery)

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Laura Korman Gallery is pleased to exhibit artists Cara Barer, Heather Carisch, James Lecce, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Maureen McQuillan, Kristina Quinones, and Randall Stoltzfus in the group exhibition, SPECTRUM. The exhibition will be on view through October 29, 2016, with a public reception on Saturday, July 30th, from 5-8 p.m.

SPECTRUM brings together seven artists from across the country with vastly different practices, who are united by their intrepid handling of color as an evocative agent of expression.

In James Lecce’s psychedelic paintings, color and form fluidly intertwine in elegant, swirling compositions that simultaneously recall Art Nouveau patterning, Op Art, action painting, rock formations and pools of water. These works are a marriage of intuitive painting and methodical planning, achieved by pouring acrylic pigments one-by-one onto the canvas, building up multiple layers, some of which he manipulates with his brush, some of which he allows to move freely across the surface, creating a constant play between control and chance.

Maureen McQuillan adopts a similarly labor-intensive method – slowly and repetitively laying ink lines in layers of polychromatic acrylic. By manipulating these materials to fold and bend into ribbon-like spirals, the colorful optic patterns seem to suggest the infinitely small structures that underlie all living things. One can’t help but think of the double helix of DNA or a flower petal beneath a microscope when looking at McQuillan’s poetic images.

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First Solo Exhibition in London for Arnout Killian at Lisa Norris Gallery

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Lisa Norris Gallery is pleased to present Screens the first solo exhibition in London of the work of Arnout Killian in conjunction with Museum More, where Killian’s Enter The Void is currently on show. Click here to see more images and more information about this exhibition.

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