Lacey Contemporary Gallery 8 Clarendon Cross London W11 4APwww.laceycontemporarygallery.co.uk
A new art gallery is coming to London opening this week on Thursday 9th October. Based in Notting Hill Lacey Contemporary takes a new approach to the standard gallery model, with an ethos of nurturing and fostering relationships with its artists.
Gallery Director Andrew Lacey says,
“Lacey Contemporary is a contemporary art gallery focused on promoting British based artists to provide a complete business service to allow the artists to focus on their artistic practice. With innovation and technical excellence at the forefront of everything we do Lacey Contemporary aims to change the model for commercial galleries.”
PROCESSED SPACE (9th October – 2nd November) is the inaugural exhibition for Lacey Contemporary bringing together the works of three outstanding young British painters working today – Ross M Brown, Geoff Diego Litherland and Merlin Ramos. Their work is held in space and consumed by space, with a narrative and aesthetic developed through the process.
Brought together through the medium of painting, all investigate space, be it the cosmos or the physical space we occupy in real time and imagined. Each artist presents restraint, consideration and process in their works that heralds their craftsmanship.
Each artist employs a combination of technical and chance based processes to challenge the rigidity of linear perspective, each painting undergoes a series of constructive and destructive approaches, mirroring each site’s descent from a rational, geometric state into one of ambiguity and flux. The aim is to question what the spaces possibly once meant to us and their meaning to us today
Ross M Brown – Pavilion
Derelict structures form the basis of Ross’ work. Abandoned spaces that merge with nature. Buildings that melt into the land blurring the boundaries between man made and nature. Buildings that echo a now dissolved past, The empty corridors and walls that once held so much are now a mere husk, slowly crumbling back into the earth. The paintings investigation draws through a process of continuously developing the subject matter and disrupting surface quality through a process of chance.
Geoff Diego Litherland – These Corrosives Do their Magic
Geoff tears holes in space and other dimensions providing sci-fi portals to pull you in or spit you out. Giant expanses of the cosmos compacted into octagonal gates that bridge these spaces together. In his universe, different times and dimensions are woven together. Are these a documentation of a land from the past or the future? Space for Geoff has a continuous narrative – every moment accessible, every world in the infinite universe within reach. The past and future crash into one another with glorious results.
Merlin works from a viewpoint of the observed space and then overlays personal meaning onto the spaces he chooses. He questions what the spaces possibly once meant us and how they challenge us now. A flickering between interior and exterior, no beginning and no end, the paintings exposes the direct purpose and process of the paint.
The unusual conforms of architecture and the distorted perspective where objects and buildings melt into one another create a playful exploration, leading the eye from one element to the next. From his travels around the world he produces intricate sketches that act as the starting point for his canvases. Sketches are pulled apart, cut and reformed to create distorted views laced with personal meaning like trinkets from a dream.
Lacey Contemporary is delighted to present three artists of outstanding quality, all pushing the boundaries of their practice and driven by the traditions of painting.