Scream London presents ‘Exceptional’, a group exhibition that connects seven artists with disparate working practices who share a minimalist sensibility. Employing a range of different methods, each artist has developed a unique way of working with processes such as erasure, visual systems or spatial investigation. Their practices are often labour intensive, contrary to the reductive nature of the final work.
The work presented in ‘Exceptional’ offers a contemporary vision of the traditions of abstraction. Some of the artists draw inspiration from the lines of urban architecture, some from surface and texture, and others from vintage system grids. Their work, however, avoids a nostalgic view of modernism and sits confidently within a post-digital landscape. The distinctive journeys that each of the artists go on in their daily routines in the studio are what brings them together in this exhibition.
‘Exceptional’ because nobody else makes work in the same way that these seven artists do. ‘Exceptional’ because the work is unique, not printed or manufactured but considered, built, erased, layered, constructed and painted by their own hands, using their own inimitable processes with incomparable results.
This exhibition is curated by Remi Rough and Ruth Wilkinson.
About the artists:
Inspired by the basic building blocks of the geometric world, Augustine Kofie has formed a retro-futuristic aesthetic which transplants these shapes and angles into a soulful, organic, yet highly mathematical form of abstraction. Merging his traditional graffiti education, his inclination toward “certain colour forms and certain application techniques”, with his deep love of illustration and preliminary design, his fondness for “drafts, architectural renderings and pre-production concepts”, Kofie plays with form and line, with balance and depth, twisting and manipulating his murals, his illustrations, his compositions, into ever new and dramatic arrangements.
Mellor’s painting practice is concerned with states of flux and impermanence. Recent expeditions to Patagonia and Iceland have furthered her research into spatial and temporal concerns in a comparison of geological and urban timeframes.
Her process-led, abstract painting practice employs a tempered gestural language where fluidity is a defining material concern and the process of erasure has equal importance to the intuitive application of paint. This examines states of presence and remembrance by exploring a tension between control and chance.
At first glance, Jerry Inscoe’s gallery work appears to be a formal extension of a Deconstructivist style of typography. Letters are fragmented and sheared, stretched and re-formed with precision. It’s a science of Postmodern typographic abstraction, one that is characterized by unpredictability and controlled chaos.
Charley Peters’ work employs a logical methodology of painting. Her work is concerned with the spatial potential of the painted surface, explored through the construction of geometric configurations that map the pictorial relationship between two and three dimensions. Peters develops her paintings using subtle variations in colour, tone and scale to construct illusionary light and structural depth. They often exhibit properties that present as disorientating or other-worldly, but are perhaps also familiar through our experiences of the 3D environments of computer games or digitally-generated terrains. Peters’ work is precisely executed, concealing the artist’s hand in its production.
Steve More works with materials commonly found in the urban environment. Bill posters, wood and concrete are the primary mediums he uses to reference both their physical qualities and also their historical context, which is revealed through the passage of time. Both of these are integral in exploring the central theme in his work: ‘Our shifting attitudes to time and place in the digital age.’
Olivia Turner is an Edinburgh based Artist whose interest in spatial awareness, is evident within her work. She tries to encourage the viewer to interact within her given space, whether it is in a visual or physical manner.
Martina Merlini, born in 1986 in Bologna, is an Italian artist who lives and works in Milan. Her work is known for being in constant evolution. Starting with illustrations, she explored new techniques and materials that are all reflective of her search for a formal balance and geometrical harmony. During last years she developed and perfected her own technique using wax and enamel, trying to define a rawness that reminds the typical casualty of nature, and yet the invisible rules that flow through it.
A Group Exhibition Featuring:
Jerry Inscoe (USA) Augustine Kofie (USA) Zanny Mellor (UK) Martina Merlini (ITALY) Steve More (UK) Charley Peters (UK) Livvy Turner (UK)
Exhibition runs from Thursday 14th April until Friday 20th May 2016 Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm or by appointment. 27/28 Eastcastle Street London W1W 8DH
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