Guts Gallery to open Beyond Boundaries; a group exhibition of contemporary UK-based artists using abstraction to explore the complex nature of the self.
Throughout Beyond Boundaries, the absolute physicality of the act of painting is recorded in the paintings themselves. In one part of a composition, large, sweeping lines recall the broad stroke of the artist’s arm as it serenely glides across the canvas. Elsewhere, scratchy, dissonant marks reveal a fervent, frenetic energy directed at the work. Pieces constantly mediate between moments of tumult and chaos and contemplative tranquillity. In this way, the pieces in Beyond Boundaries reflect the mutable nature of selfhood and consciousness. The works document the thousands of minute changes in feeling that a person can undergo in just a single moment.
At its core, abstraction can be seen as an art of energy transfer. Energy from the real world is transmuted, captured and stored within the four walls of the canvas. In the dynamic process of painting; the blank, unmoving canvases are suddenly imbued with the irrepressible, inextinguishable movement of life. As a result, the canvases almost seem to hum with the fervour of human vitality.
ExhibitingArtists: Joseph Mobolaji Aina, Alba Botines, Lauren Brown, Annice Fell, Caroline Jackson, Jerome., Ella McVeigh, H.E.Morris, Lola Stong-Brett, Georgina Stone, Emma Stone-Johnson
BEYOND BOUNDARIES, 16th February – 12th March 2024, Guts Gallery