Block 336 Studio Artists Exhibition 1
8.2.14 - 7.3.13
Robert Bell | Alex Gough | Jane Hayes Greenwood | Tom Groves | Alex Virji
Block 336 Studio Artists Exhibition 1 shows the work of the five artists who currently work at Block 336 and contribute to all aspects of the running of the gallery. The exhibition features video installation, painting and drawing and aims to explore both the common ground and obvious differences between the artists’ practices.
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Robert Bell’s new works derive from the digital translations of his paintings. These revolving forms extend the abstract mark, worked painterly surface and conceptual terrain of his wall-based paintings until they begin to resemble singular forms reminiscent of the micro or macro realm. Here, painting is experienced as a 360 degree phenomenon, a spinning contraction of time,
memory, process and event.
Groves’ strange and unsettling works are points of intersection between given reality and unconscious phantasy. Part medical device, part Imaginary plaything, these painted schizoid forms act as trade offs between the artist’s desire and its sublimated creative reward. Here, the body is in bits, castrated, dissected and utterly at odds with its own integrity. When presented as a ‘body of work’ however, an alternative coherency is established, one attaching desire to sensation and meaning to purpose.
Hayes Greenwood's drawn objects casually withdraw from any immediate point of recognition.
Individually they appear oddly displaced, as if removed from some unknown museological or
archaeological setting; but seen together they form a family, a mute mob of comic and sober
properties. Despite their technical exactitude and precise execution, her drawings nevertheless
retain an uneasy ambiguity. These are unmistakably real things, but exactly what these things are and what they might mean remains curiously concealed.
Virji's work charts what he calls ‘a pictorial perestroika’, a restless entropic state fallen short of its utopian ambition. Unstable, shadowy and susceptible to change, Virji’s delicately painted landscapes define an uncertain spatial territory that struggles to come to terms with the loss of identity and the discovery of self.
Gough's recent work continues to explore a fascination with what he describes as ‘the
equivalence between nature and paint’. Here composition, colour and form are held between flow
and gesture, chance and control. The experience of nature and ones immersion within it is both
given an open form, and harnessed within the very means of this form’s production. Viewing
these enigmatic works we find ourselves confronted with the uncertainty of our perceptions and
our veiled attempts to make sense of our entanglement within the natural world.