AboutCole Contemporary is proud to announce its inaugural exhibition, Formal Inquiry. The exhibition presents the work of four artists, Iain Hales, Jack Vickridge, Zoe Paul and Samuel Williams, all of whom investigate the sculptural form.
Key to the work of each artist is the tension caused by the choice of materials. As well as a study of formal concerns, the works on display test the potentiality and limits of materials, and are generated by the inner properties of the materials. This choice is a significant part of the process of each sculpture's creation, and if all art is a product of the age we live in then this is reflected in the materials used by each artist.
Materials are subject to a system of hierarchies, with social, political and aesthetic connotations and the artists here question both notions of value and notions of objecthood. These works quietly promote an economy of means, and the power of the bare essential.
Iain Hales - Changing the Nature, Vulpes Vulpes, London, 2010 - Emerging Artist Residency, Covepark, Argyle and Bute, Scotland, 2009 - Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London, 2009 - Nimes Biennale, Nimes, France, 2006
Zoe Paul Future Map 09, 20 Hoxton Square, 2009 - Factory, group show at James Taylor Gallery, Hackney, 2008 - Between the Platform, Sassoon Gallery, London, 2007
Jack Vickridge Paper, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, 2009 - New Contemporaries 2009 - The Cornerhouse, Manchester, Rochelle School, London 2009 - Between my Finger and my Thumb - Schwartz Gallery, London, 2009 - Bold Tendencies III - Hannah Barry Gallery, London, 2009
Samuel Williams - X Artworks in a Straight Line (Seeking the Perfect Sphere), group show, Crisp, London, 2010 - We Cannot Say What We Cannot Think, London, 2009 - Pecha Kucha, 176 Gallery, London, 2009 - Without You It's Nothing at Deptford X, 2008