James Hugonin’s new exhibition at Ingleby Gallery celebrates the completion of his 'Binary Rhythm' sequence. Seven of the nine large paintings that Hugonin has made over the past six years will be exhibited, all identically sized and each continuing the artist’s unique exploration of the dualities of order and chance within a very personal approach to abstract painting.
Hugonin has been working in this way for the last thirty years and each new painting employs his now familiar language of tiny rectangular marks, applied in their thousands, colour by colour, within a grid onto a gessoed ground. Each work is painted over many months and evolves gradually from the last with increasingly complex and surprising results.
They are unlike any other paintings being made in the world today: owing something perhaps to Seurat’s pointillism or the early works of Agnes Martin, but with an optical charge that is entirely individual and an internally generated sense of pace that invites the eye gently into and across the surface of the paint.
The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication in which essays by Mike Tooby and Iris Priest explore the artist’s way of working and, in particular, his use of handwritten notebooks; plotting the course of each painting, much like a musical score.
The continuing importance of music to Hugonin's practice is also celebrated in a concert at the Gallery on Friday 30th October, with music by Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich and Howard Skempton performed by Ruth Wall (harp) and a new composition by Sam Grant inspired by Hugonin’s paintings performed on a specially constructed and re-conditioned piano. For event details and booking information please visit the Ingleby Gallery website: www.inglebygallery.com