9th FEBRUARY 6.00 PM - 8.00 PM
8 DUKE STREET, ST JAMES'S, LONDON SW1Y 6BN
9th FEBRUARY - 25th FEBRUARY
MON-SAT 11.30 AM - 6.30 PM
(SATURDAY 25th CLOSING AT 3.00 PM)
SUN 11.30 AM - 5.00 PM
Visceral is co-curated by Mark Surridge painter and lecturer and includes a series of prints, paintings and sculptural ceramics that explore abstraction and materiality. The exhibition includes cleverly abstracted works by Surridge, Vincent Hawkins, Laurence Owen, Nina Royal and Jonathan Mess and Matthew David-Smith.
Art can sometimes hit hard, slap you around the face and take you by surprise. The raw power of a gestural brushstroke, the alchemy of mixing materials or the haptic manipulation of clay can make the experience of appreciating art more visceral, more real.
Imagine a work of art as having a tone of voice, some voices may convey impact and immediacy while others are like whispers, as sensitive as litmus paper on the stain of human consciousness. The intuitive artist is working with internal logic mechanisms able to create works of art that have the ability to touch our heart-felt emotions and euphoric feelings. The act of looking is like an archaeological dig excavating, unpicking layer upon layer of visual material - a materiality to enliven the human senses.
Intuitive abstract artists make paintings and sculptures that tap into our psyche-from the gut rather than the intellect. Howard Hodgkin describes the end result of his creative process, "When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else.”
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