Julia Farrer, Kevin Finklea, Matt Magee, Peter Rasmussen
11 January – 2 February 2018
ABSTRACT SYNTAX is a broad ranging exhibition that reveals a rich diversity of imagery and form born of abstract approaches. Bringing together the work of notable abstract artists from Britain and the U.S., the exhibition encompasses painting, prints, relief and sculptural works.
Departure points for the artists range from mathematical systems, architectural structures, music notation and typography. The exhibition features work by octogenarian painter Natalie Dower, whose approach developed out of the British Systems movement of the 1960’s, alongside younger artists such as Katrina Blannin, whose work explores contemporary interpretations of constructivism. Language systems and geometry are the inspiration for free flowing images by Julia Farrer and a striking graphic image by Matt Magee, whose playful engagement with titling adds humour to his alphabetic forms. Kevin Finklea’s wood and painted reliefs sit at junctures of Art Concret, sculpture and minimalism, as do the works of John Carter, RA, represented here with a drawing towards a wall relief. Peter Rasmussen’s subject matter is the process by which his images are made and he counterpoints a canvas and tracing paper painting that are built through the same layerings of colour, to different visual outcomes.
The exhibition includes a rare work by the late Chris Baker, who held a number of solo exhibitions at the Eagle Gallery during the 1990’s. Arch, 2004 reflects Baker’s passion for the architecture of Morocco and displays his signature use of crushed charcoal on a painted and collaged surface.