John Marchant Gallery is pleased to present SOS - an exhibition of new paintings by Robert Sosner (b. London,1958).
Robert Sosner’s paintings are beautifully poised accumulations of process, often exhibiting layer upon layer of minute adjustments and repositions of shape and colour in their surfaces and edges.
It’s about the shape. It’s all about the shape. And it’s about finding the shape, rather than stating the shape, so the shape has to arrive, and it arrives through an intuitive reworking of the whole shape each time, and I’d say these works in particular have been about reducing, as well. Reduction to what’s important...”
Robert Sosner in conversation with John Marchant, March 2015
In something of a constant, the pivotal and defining shapes in Sosner’s paintings escape the confines of the rectangle, adding both a sense of possibility but also compressing the experience and attention of the viewer onto the plane of the work itself, where the ripples and accretions engender a desire to touch with the fingertips. It is notable that the edges of many of Sosner’s shapes display their development - augmentations and subtle amendments are documented in these spacial thresholds, a tiny sliver of alternative colour - perhaps a small slash of green between blocks of pink and blue - will give away the historical process of harmonization, of honing, of reassessment, of consideration, until the work is balanced and completed. These markers are delightful insights and thankfully left in for the viewer to enjoy. Additionally, employing collage as an integral part of the pictorial development process, Sosner will often incorporate these panels of paper into the surfaces, adding both texture and text to the ‘reading’ of the work.
Having trained under Euan Uglow, Craigie Aitchison and Jack Smith at Chelsea College of Art, Sosner has been the recipient of Pollock Krasner Foundation and Spanish Government scholarships. He lives and works in Brighton, UK.
This exhibition features works on canvas and paper.