MARKERS: Daniel Davis, Arjan Janssen, Kristian Kragelund, Struan Teague, Tess Williams
11-19 November 2017
Encounter Contemporary and Richeldis Fine Art are pleased to present ‘Markers’ a significant exhibition of contemporary painting at Herrick Gallery.
This compelling curatorial project marks the first collaboration between two of London’s leading nomadic galleries and art consultancies. For this show, directors Emma Richeldis North and Alexander Caspari both bring together a collection of emerging contemporary painters each making their mark on the international art scene.
Following individual appearances at important institutional venues such as Kunsthal Aarhus (Denmark), Breda’s Museum (Netherlands) and Lepsien Art Foundation (Germany) ‘Markers’ offers a unique opportunity to view the work of five internationally acclaimed artists together at a pivotal moment in each of their careers.
The question of not simply ‘what’ but ‘how’ to paint has taken on a renewed critical urgency. ‘Markers’ brings together a small focused group of contemporary artists who are carving out distinct visual languages which self-consciously and playfully reference the weighty history of painting whilst continuously interrogating new spaces of inquiry emerging on its periphery.
The varied and innovative processes of artistic production each employs have become important sites for critical investigation in themselves. Williams tears and stains un-stretched canvasses before reconstructing them into refined compositions, the result is nuanced works, which in their very materiality complicate the perceived edges of the painterly frame. In his pared back monochromatic studies Janssen skilfully traverses the intimate line between minimalist composition and expressive mark creating meditative works, which continuously tremble on the edge of movement. After deconstructing found images and patterns through digital printing techniques Davies then painstakingly refigures them on canvas, a multifaceted process of layering and overlapping, adding and subtracting which at every step problematizes issues of authorship and image-production. Through his use of industrial materials such as tar, fibreglass and acid Kragelund’s striking coded works both preserve and attack the object-hood of painting. Their raw materiality clearly dialogues with a post war European approach to making, yet their charged conceptual underpinning remains thoroughly rooted in the present. Teague’s unique visual language at once consciously and unconsciously addresses issues of painterly process, the minimal yet erratic gestures which drift across his canvasses are precariously balanced in an ambiguous position on the edge of restraint and release.
Despite emerging from fundamentally different creative trajectories at play in each is a shared sensibility for creating multi-layered objects which at once disguise and reveal the physical and conceptual labour through which they have come into being. The work scrubs out the pictorial and explores what’s left. At the core of the show is a conflicting impulse between accumulation and erasure, a delicate balance between intuitive gesture and deeply considered subject.
This powerful exhibition marks the coming together of a dynamic group of artists and curators and is certainly not one to miss.
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Encounter Contemporary: Founded in 2013 by Alexander Caspari and Jordan Harris, Encounter Contemporary focuses on promoting a small, diverse and innovative group of established and emerging contemporary artists who are transforming the way art is made and presented. We run an international pop-up exhibition program curating academically rigorous, ambitious and immersive shows. Working closely with both long standing and new collectors on an ongoing basis our aim is to support critical art practice internationally.
Richeldis Fine Art: Founded in 2010 by Emma North, Richeldis Fine Art is a touring art gallery and consultancy. Specialising in emerging and leading contemporary artists with an emphasis on minimal abstract painters alongside key British Modern works. Sourcing artwork for private collectors, institutional buyers and designers globally alongside touring exhibitions. The galleries unique approach offers collectors studio visits and takes expert advisory to the comfort of their own home.