London, May 18, 2018: This June sees the launch of an intriguing new show at Curious Duke Gallery: Heikko by Stephen Whatcott.
‘Heikko’ is a Finnish word meaning weak, fragile or unsound: a fitting choice of title for a body of work that explores themes of social and political instability.
Visitors to the exhibition will be met by paintings depicting forms that at first glance appear quite solid, some even being walls of black paint, but that on closer inspection give a sense of their fragility and impending collapse.
With roots based in drawing, this collection of abstract work explores solidity, texture and form, produced using a limited palette allowing focus and direction. The paintings are physical, both in technique and presence, but ultimately attempt to communicate on an emotional level.
Composed largely intuitively, it’s the fundamental components of vitality, drive and feeling - the things that epitomise being alive - that are conveyed in the work.
Heikko will be on display between 7th - 30th June, at Curious Duke Gallery, five minutes walk from Old Street tube.
Heikko, a new exhibition by Stephen Whatcott hosted at Curious Duke Gallery
PV: 7th June 6-9pm
173 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JT
Open Monday-Friday 11:30-6:30, Saturday 12-4
Nearest stations: Old Street (exit 6) and Barbican