Rod Barton is currently showing a three-person exhibition featuring new works by Gabriel Hartley, Asger Dybvad Larsen and Camilla Steinum. These artists have inherited the history of Modernism and in this linage they incorporate the grid in a variety of materials to create fields of colour and meaning with accumulated form. All three artists create a painterly palates, which extends their work beyond material possibilities.
Gabriel Hartley is creating a large free-standing sculpture which will inhabit the gallery thus creating a barrier and pathway through the space. His method of building this structure with paper and resins results in an affect that hinges between stained glass and animal skins. The fragility of construction yet the presence the work possess reinforces the dynamics between painting, sculpture and how space can be transformed through this.
Asger Dybvad Larsen works with paint to create transformative surfaces and he connects these marks in a grid like formation that are patterned and coded in their abstraction. Using a predominantly grey scale, the repetitions in these works suggest a mechanisation of construction but what complicates this is a distinctly human touch that carries throughout each mark. This duality of automatized and expressible method of creation reflects his interest in exploring and revealing what it means to paint and construct in our digital age.
Camilla Steinum is presenting colourful felt works that are display within a freestanding sculptural framework that interplay with the haphazard and the necessity of construction. Quilt like in appearance, Steinum’s work is about how materials can be stretched, pushed, and complicated to their limits yet still retain their essentiality and history. The affect of the everyday presides over these works creating a familiarity but her use of material, composition and palate deviates the work from the banal to revelatory surprise.
Gabriel Hartley, Asger Dybvad Larsen, Camilla Steinum
Rod Barton, October 9 - November 7