Garth Weiser

21 Apr 2017 – 28 May 2017

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Simon Lee

London, United Kingdom


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  • Green Park / Bond Street

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Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Garth Weiser, his second exhibition with the gallery and his first solo exhibition in London.


Emergent images in Weiser’s abstract paintings flicker in and out of focus like analogue TV static. Ghosts of cartoon-like figures puncture the surfaces, shape-shifting as the eye is teased through dense layers of dots and drips, scumbles and scrapes, peaks and troughs. Over the last six years, Weiser has been focused on a slow excavation of form and content through a process akin to the erosion of sedimentation. His paintings are built from layering unseen paintings, each representing a different history in terms of content, forms and materiality. The textured surface is then mined at the end of this long process to reveal a dynamic, fossilised slab. The resultant vascular surfaces of the paintings trigger chromatic vibrations and optical illusions. Multiple perspectives and after-images emerge and recede with tributaries feeding and looping back into one another. The paintings are battle-scarred and, like cave-drawings, show the beginnings of a new language. Simultaneously ancient and futuristic, organic forms loom and twist, complicating the foreground and compromising figurative associations. As Weiser’s pull & push drama is played out on the canvas, fictional worlds are driven to the surface forcing a dynamic engagement with the viewer. Weiser’s process is an investment in labour, time and production, in looking and re-evaluating. These paintings acknowledge how we live simultaneously in a world with absences and presences, through haunting evocations of the simulated and the real.

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