“Colony Room” Exhibition

Simon Preston Gallery

poster for “Colony Room” Exhibition

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Simon Preston Gallery presents a summer group exhibition of painting, sculpture and works on paper by Nick Goss, Zak Prekop and Patricia Treib.

The works in the exhibition are brought together by a use of sculptural form in both painting and cast objects. Through diverse processes of constructing and dismantling pictorial space, the works allude to one another in building a visual assemblage of oscillating forms.

Nick Goss combines a painting with a table of totemic sculptures, providing a shift from pictorial to sculptural space. The plaster figures are cast from elaborately folded wooden models of characters derived from a troupe of human/animal hybrid figures from Wim Wender’s romantic fantasy Wings of Desire. They appear, in this instance, to have been excavated from the canvas, which now contains only faint indications and fragments of eroded architectural space. Both the painting and sculptures take on a mythological quality, and occupy a liminal space between the real and remembered.

Zak Prekop exhibits three paintings that continue his on-going exploration of pictorial language. Employing intricate sets of rules in order to apply multiple layers to the canvas, Prekop builds subtle transparency and voids, utilising each canvas to varying depths. In Two Grids, Prekop rigorously paints layered patterns, constantly shifting the viewer between fields of perception. In Transparency with drawing, semi transparent marks reveal themselves though the canvas – implicating the materiality of the surface. In a process of collapsing and unfolding of optical fields the paintings become a record of decisions, processes and acts of viewing.

Patricia Treib includes both a work on canvas and accompanying works on paper. Using diverse visual sources as catalysts to generate imagery, Treib focuses on the peripheral areas of these sources as a means to extract new relationships. Working with a process of repetition in order to apply layers of remove from the original image, the once recognizable outline of a sleeve or robe becomes an isolated bold gesture, with an assured economy of means and an exuberant sense of movement commanding attention. Evoking sculptural language through colourful intimations, Treib shifts attention to the negative spaces between forms, making in-betweeness a primary motif.



from June 12, 2014 to August 02, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-06-12 from 18:00 to 20:00

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