Cross Section/03 is the third instalment in a series of group exhibitions presenting new work by artists affiliated with dalla Rosa. Jessie Brennan, Benjamin Bridges, and Terry Greene explore surfaces through drawing, sculpture and painting, layering over found materials and images. Peeling back or accumulating strata modifies the narrative of the works, setting them within a time frame.
Jessie Brennan's practice explores the representation of places through processes of drawing and dialogue, informed by their social histories and changing contexts. In the series Study for Progress (II – IV) she imagines the planned demolition of the iconic Robin Hood Gardens estate with drawings that delicately depict the crumpling of the building's image. The fine graphite lines contrast with her sculpture A Brutal Story, which carries all the abrasions of bashed and rusty metal symbolic, perhaps, of the political weight and struggle under which the building will eventually collapse.
Benjamin Bridges’ recent work has focused on variation of textures and layers of paint, verging towards abstract compositions. Geometry is still in the equation, joined by a few carefully placed brush strokes and fluid lines framing the paintings. Looking at his new work the notion of a muted narrative lingers, encouraged by playful titles.
Terry Greene study of colour planes - some vigorously bright paired with outlines and geometric constructions - gives his paintings solidity and determination. Scraping back paint to the edges and revealing hidden traces of previous layers is carefully balanced and has become a distinctive element of Greene’s practice.