Interference with Twigs
- Talitha Kotzé
- 22 December 2010
Finely executed exhibition brings together work spanning world and generations
Like a casting of the runes, Interference with Twigs brings together the work of artists from four corners of the world across two generations to weave together new interpretations and enter into dialogue like old friends in this finely executed exhibition.
All four artists take pleasure in the traditional forms of representation, composing shapes and layering colour to form patterns. The result is a show oscillating between abstraction and representation: simple, yet effectual. The vintage work of Audrey Capel Doray brings a gravitas to the exhibition and the other pieces relate from comfortable counterpoint positions. The mobiles of Hanna Sandin could easily be mistaken for being of the same generation as Capel Doray, but her objects take the form of new plastics, steel and present day materials. As a young artist living in New York, her mode of working is more congruent with the vibrant patterns that Glasgow-based Nicolas Party has painted directly onto the wall. In ‘Kicking Yellow’ on the one, and ‘Lenor Blue’ on the other, two patterns of repeated wavering leaves each act as a backdrop to his monochromatic still lifes of unsophisticated, almost stylised teapots.
There is an immediacy to many of the works – Party’s wall paintings, Lotte Gertz’s unframed woodcuts and the simple shapes and textures of Sandin’s mobiles consisting of steel rods, rubber pads, nylon coated steel thread, rubber tile, an exercise band.
Interference with Twigs reinforces a history of studio concerns and the amplitude of the resulting effect is equal to the sum of the combining works.
Mary Mary, Glasgow, until Sat 15 Jan