ALBERONERO, GRAPHIC SURGERY, KATE BANAZI,
RICHARD CALDICOTT and SOPHIE SMALLHORN.
15 September 2017 – 27 October 2017
The lines between counter culture and contemporary are becoming blurred. The artists who adapt to new environments, mediums and materials blur them constantly. The lines are in fact the geometric abstractions of a select few artists who have reached their current point through numerous conversations with line and form.
Alberonero, Graphic Surgery, Kate Banazi, Richard Caldicott and Sophie Smallhorn have minimised their practice into stark, beautiful compositions. The multi-faceted layers are laid bare and offer no respite to the viewer. They are meant to viewed much as they are made. Simplicity in a complicated format. The seamless way these works sit within our post modern architectural society underpins the importance of the artist’s journeys. They nod elegantly to the De Stijl masters of old and maintain a long tradition of Neo Plasticism, to the boldness of Suprematism and the beauty of minimalism. Theses experimentations are undoubtedly the art for the next century, steeped in past histories and encapsulating.The geometric theories that these five artists utilise are the patterns of our new society, the discrepancies that enrich our environments. The lines of skyscrapers that we walk under the sustenance, the concrete and steel the colour palette.
Blurring the lines is where this story currently is today. It may well change by tomorrow but the here and the now is always a clearer position than than an uncertain future.