Rare Collisions of Purpose

30 Jan 2016 – 12 Mar 2016

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North Holland, Netherlands


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  • Bus: 8, 26, 35, 47, 48, 67, 78, 135, 242, 388
  • Tube: Liverpool Street
  • Overground: SHoreditch High Street
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Man is driven by an urge to categorise. It is in our human nature to observe and to classify our surroundings. A system used to understand and interpret the world, a tool to express ourselves.


uch systems have created a universal interconnection in which each element continuously informs the other. In such a structured setting, wouldn’t it be impossible for a concept such as chance that is indifferent to the relationship between things to exist? Perhaps not when chance is understood as a connected substance, linked to previous actions and decisions yet producing an unpredictable outcome – an ‘unpredicted rational’.

Rare collisions of purpose examines this notion, displaying the fine line between the directed and the unexpected through a selection of artists who have been investigating the shifting parameters of painting. Attention is brought to the fusion of materials, with each artist’s approach focusing upon a methodical journey punctuated by a series of accidents. Though the amalgamation of ingredients is initially directed, the journey becomes somewhat deliberately fraught and unpredictable, casting the intention away from the priority of a final pictorial image. It is in this process that the developments of these works communicate meaning – a process that relies upon slight recognition and decision making; a directed form of chance.


Adrienne Groen

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Simon Mathers

Robert Cervera

Peggy Franck

Peter Lamb

Peter Lamb

Tom Humphreys

Neil Rumming


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