28th May – 7th June 2015
Preview: Wednesday 13th May 6pm – 8:30pm
The Brick Lane Gallery, 196 Brick Lane, E1 6SA
AMY OESTLUND | CAPTAIN FANTA | DAN WAITE | FANNY-JANE PELLETIER | GERD JAHNS | MALAÏKA SELLEN-FÉRÈRE | MIAE CHO | MONICA MAJA RICHARDSON | OLEG ILYIN
The Brick Lane Gallery is excited to present Abstract, our first exhibition entirely devoted to explore the radical nature of abstraction in a wide range of artistic practices. Presenting national and international artists whose works reflect the language of this style by creating pure patterns of form, colour and line, reducing art to its absolute basics. We are invited to explore artworks, in which the material world has undergone a transformation, and autonomous shapes with which artists play with our perception by bringing out the unexpected in what we thought we would see or experience.
Amy Oestlund’s bold images tend to be monochromatic or have only a few colours in them. The photographs she exhibits in this show play with the contrast of light and darkness, sharp bold colours break the lack of light creating beautiful effects. Bright lights, the nighttime in Paris and a constant vibrating pulse are like symbols for a city of love and life represented in her works. Following the theory that art can or should be like music, Miae Cho’s works are a musical interpretation of freedom that takes flight regardless of limitation or barriers. She paints impromptu without planning, the music provides the emotional direction, which takes over and frees her limitation. Cho’s works take the audience into experiencing the energy, excitement, hopes, and dreams that she feels when she creates her artworks. Also drawing inspiration from music, Gerd Jahn’s richly coloured canvases do not evoke any recollection of specific shapes that we might have encountered, they are lines and colours sufficient unto themselves. Although they could be based on a subject or source from the external world, they are pure abstractions representing the immaterial.
Abstract presents reinterpretations of different techniques and models depicting more than the visual reality. The exhibited artworks are thought-provoking examples of how we understand art in modern and contemporary times.
We invite you to join us for the preview of ABSTRACT on Wednesday 27th May 6pm – 8:30pm at The Brick Lane Galley.