Ian Whittlesea: Energy is Eternal Delight

17 Jun 2011 – 23 Jul 2011

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Wed - Sat 11am-6pm and by appointment


London, United Kingdom


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Ian Whittlesea: Energy is Eternal Delight


London-based artist Ian Whittlesea's new solo show contains paintings, a series of translations, supplements and reflections of existing works, alongside artefacts generated by a work-in-progress. The title of the show relates to this ongoing project and is itself a work, a quotation from William Blake that has been set in Sol Sans, a font based on Sol LeWitt's handwritten Sentences on Conceptual Art, also used to typeset Blake's Proverbs of Hell, drawing unexpected parallels between two artist's writings separated by nearly 200 years. Whittlesea's work-in-progress is a rewriting and translocation of John Updike's novel Couples from New England in the 1960s to contemporary London. Other works in the exhibition include a letterpress transimile of Yves Klein's business card in an unlimited edition and two redrawn and subtly altered versions of the frontispiece to Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Alongside these is a new work in the Studio Paintings series, where the address of an artist is painstakingly painted by hand onto canvas. The new painting will show the address of the great American artist and mystic Agnes Martin: 3—5 Coenties Slip, New York.

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