Ian Davenport “Sequence”

Kasmin (509 W 27th St.)

poster for Ian Davenport “Sequence”
[Image: Ian Davenport "Spring (Bluebonnet)" (2018) acrylic on aluminum, 129 7/8 x 236 1/4 x 39 3/8 in. Image courtesy of Ian Davenport Studio and Kevin Todora. Installation view from Horizons, Dallas Contemporary.]

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Kasmin presents an exhibition of new works by Ian Davenport (b. 1966). Sequence brings together large-scale paintings spanning two series, several of which have been made by the artist in his studio in London, UK, during the months of lockdown.

Davenport’s meticulous experiments in color sequencing involve remixing palettes inspired by historic works of art and recollected from personal memories of heightened pictorial experience, such as walking through a bluebell forest in Kent, England. Playing with repetition, mirroring, inversion, balance, symmetry, and asymmetry, the works engage in simultaneous investigations into color theory, optics, and the paradox between control and chance.

The artist’s signature technique—pouring paint onto a tilted surface according to a rigidly structured, preconceived composition—is driven by Davenport’s fascination with materiality. Using multiple hypodermic syringes filled with paint, the artist collaborates with the effects of gravity to encourage rivulets of color to lie against one another, gradually building a highly dense picture plane born from the dynamic accumulation of untouched paint. More recently, the artist has developed his process to include allowing the formation of puddles that act as a type of horizon between the wall and the floor of the gallery.



from November 20, 2020 to January 09, 2021


Ian Davenport

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