UNFOLDED. New works by Magda Blasinska30. May - 12. Jun 14 / ended The Ridgmount Centre
Open Daily 10am - 6.30pm
For the first time, the Ridgmount Centre, located in heart of Bloomsbury, invites London art audiences to engage with a pop up exhibition by young Polish painter and graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Magda Blasinska; giving the artist the opportunity to showcase her work in a grade one listed room.
Unfolded explores Blasinska’s creative process, bringing together a body of her most recent works. The paintings vary in scale from large complex canvases to crudely painted smaller studies, which reflect the artist’s diverse approach towards painting. The artwork has drawn on the artist’s collection of archival material, incorporating images she has collected over a number of years.
The works discretely play on the notion of canvas as a window or a transparent water container, an approach often seen in Renaissance painting. Blasinska fills her canvases with hues and floating forms to imply distortion, reflection of water and uneven glass panel effect. The artist depicts visual sensations of surroundings she has herself experienced, revisiting places such as Ian Finley Hamilton’s Little Sparta and the neighbourhood surrounding the Tate Modern, also threading in elements of film, theatre, poetry and music.
Unfolded explores Blasinska’s fascination with the notions of form which she frequently incorporates into her work. She translates elements of landscapes into primitive forms to create an accentuation of flatness and in order to stress their inherent materiality ('Charcoal to Charcoal', 'Blind Roller Painting'). She often exhibits inventive ways to create balance, for example ‘folding’ pure, raw linen over painted surfaces ('Teaser', 'Conversation').
The spiritual tone, fragmentary narration and physical properties of Blasinska’s painting invite the viewer to
engage with both the visual content and the rich, adroit surface built up with the thinned oils and think resins.
The works are available for sale.
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