Delineating Dreams, the first in exhibition in Kovet.Art’s programme, features work by eight artists who exemplify the dynamism of the UK’s emerging art scene: Kristy M Chan; Tom Faber; Max Gimson; Candice Jewell; Christopher Pearson; Giovanna Petrocchi; Loreal Prystaj; and Janet Waring Rago. The contemporary artworks featured move from figuration to abstraction with rich, dream-like representations that reveal a visual spectrum that is both conscious and subconscious. A strong, performative element comes across in gestures, juxtapositions and arrangements. In both the human body and the natural landscape, the known and familiar come up against idiosyncratic interpretations that are often strange and unsettling. Intensely subjective and often imbued with the qualities of Surrealism, the exhibition features work ranging from painting and printmaking, to photography. By manipulating the organic world these artists make us reconsider our current environments and the emotional impact they possess. The exhibition aims to inspire, inviting us to dream of a new future, transcending the emotions and limitations of the pandemic into a new reality.
Kristy M Chan and Max Gimson’s paintings investigate liminal spaces that are part of everyday life, visually interpreting visions, hallucinations. They make powerful and relevant commentary on domesticity and social constructs. Tom Faber and Giovanna Petrocchi’s constructed landscapes invoke dystopian and utopian realities by fragmenting and reformulating the world around us. Process, meanwhile, is central to Janet Waring Rago and Christopher Pearson’s work, enticing the viewer with ethereal surface qualities that examine the concept of time and gesture. Both artists seek to create a parallel between the field of action in three-dimensional space and its translation to the singular plane. A distinctive, performative element is present in the work of Candice Jewell and Loreal Prystaj: using strong juxtapositions and arrangements, the artists re-examine activism around identity constructions and the human gaze. As the current global crisis continues, dreams might seem a distant illusion. Yet, while social utopias of interconnectedness feel removed, art remains a powerful medium of solace.
Kovet.Art will stage four exhibitions a year, enabling collectors to discover works by artists making their mark. They also become part of the vibrant Kovet community and members club (KLUB) through its regular talks and panels. Whilst predominantly an online platform, Kovet.Art will also host physical pop-up exhibitions, initially in central London.