8 May 2008 – 7 Jun 2008
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Chris Daniels and James Ryan
AboutRod Barton Invites is pleased to present the work of Chris Daniels and James Ryan. The assemblage of the artist's abstract works within the transient space in which they are exhibited challenges each other creating a visual chaos reflective of their subject matter.
Using autonomous minimalist form and line Chris Daniels depicts colour that invokes visual unease. Daniels utilises the palette of his environment from courier vans to shop windows that are then transformed into minimalist parallel lines. Through considerable exploration Daniels believes to have found the best range with which to cause visual unease an angle that lies between 48-52 degrees which disallows the pleasantry of symmetry and results in "optical disappointments" that can only be acclimatised by a viewer over time.
James Ryan unleashes the influence of geometry from his surrounding urban environment to create abstract geometric paintings that deconstruct the world around us. Varied in their formats Ryan's paintings apply architectural techniques of representation with the use of isometric grids to create a layered, emotional ambience towards man-made structures. Within the lose handling of paint Ryan preserves a tactile ambience by fracturing the dispersion of light and colour to generate a state of frenetic uncertainty which borders on chaos.