Exhibition

Alternative Gravities. Jonathan Ridge

23 Nov 2015 – 5 Dec 2015

Regular opening hours

Monday
10:00 – 20:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 20:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 20:00
Thursday
10:00 – 20:00
Friday
10:00 – 20:00
Saturday
10:00 – 17:00
Sunday
Closed

Cost of entry

Free

Westminster Reference Library

London
England, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • Tube: Charing X / Leicester Square
  • Charing Cross

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In these paintings that tease with glimpses of the tangible, an assumed worldly orientation of up and down is sometimes in question and because of the abstract territory, often arbitrary.

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“Alternative Gravities” refers to a method Jonathan Ridge sometimes uses, of tilting, tipping and turning the surface of a painting to determine the direction of the paint, effectively using gravity as a tool. In these paintings that tease with glimpses of the tangible, an assumed worldly orientation of up and down is sometimes in question and because of the abstract territory,  often arbitrary.

Cherry picking elements of eclectic visual influence, everything from Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Romanticism, even snatches from Urban Art and digital media, Ridge’s layered paintings owe as much to the advent of the layer function in Photoshop as a rich historical tradition in painting.

These Postmodernist arrangements of visual ‘noise’ describe busy environments, with the different references and paint effects competing for our attention. Elements fire off one another from edge to edge and front to back, as many layers of paint are employed in the spirit of experimentation, central to Ridge’s work.

The resultant rich palette of incidents and effects gives the viewer of these turbulent, but highly controlled compositions a great deal with which to actively engage.

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