Kingsgate Gallery presents The Aleph - a significant plateau in the last two years work by Russell Terry, which exposes an obsessive interest in the concept of infinity and reminds us of a more universal propensity towards pattern, symmetry and sequential variation within the creative process.
The majority of the works on show are constructed of several layers of painted paper, hand-cut into delicate geometric networks. Every network is based upon a single elaborate grid, meaning that every layer will contain regulated points corresponding to any other. The regular corresponding points together with the unfixed appearance are absolutely essential for the evocation of multiplicity. The regular, tessellating geometry gives us another key subject: our natural, intuitive conception of the nature of space, which is to say the ubiquitous, indestructible (and probably false) idea of a regular framework within which every “thing” sits.
Although hundreds of combinations were tried and recorded before deciding on the “final” state in which each piece is now shown, Russell tells us that in order to placate the futile desire to see, choose between or keep all possible variations of an idea, most of the work is an attempt to encapsulate many in one, and should remind us of the interminably forking pathways that have been or could have been taken during the making process.
Russell Terry is based in East London. Recent shows include Vitis Vinifera at Aleksic & Mortimer (2013-14), Seduction at Simon Oldfield (2012-13), On the Brink at SW1 Gallery (2011), Rhizomatic at Departure Gallery (2010). He was artist in residency in Substation Project Space, Margate (2007).
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