TRANSFORMATIONS Sculptures by Robin Greenwood Paintings by Gary Wragg 5 - 27 May 2018
Curated by Sam Cornish
Both Robin Greenwood and Gary Wragg see abstract art in terms of freedom. Beginning with freedom for the artist, this is ultimately and most importantly a freedom for the viewer. Both artists offer us a freedom to explore, to imaginatively engage with – and be moved by – structures discovered in the process of creation. Both artists envision space as manifold, articulating it with structures which are multi-dimensional, full of diversity. They encourage an active viewer. They want to keep us on our toes. Complexity is approached in different ways, guided by their very different temperaments and their understanding of the different demands of their medium. Rooted in gestural abstraction, Wragg’s images often seem to shift, with moments of precision emerging from a general disorientating melee. He wants his images to contain an exciting and risky instability and a slowly developing order: his ideal is ‘stillness within movement; movement within stillness.’ Greenwood’s constructions are also improvised, but more securely and patiently realised, with the definite connection of one piece of steel to the next. His sculptures hold together tightly and unfold slowly, moving through space in a way which demands that the viewer also keeps on the move. Together Greenwood’s sculptures and Wragg’s paintings offer parallel conceptions of a world in a state of flux. Since 2017 Greenwood has been making steel sculptures that hang suspended from the ceiling. We plan to show three of these at Linden Hall. One of the main effects of the suspension is to bring the sculptures into the space of paintings – which are themselves lifted off the floor and hung on the surrounding walls. Seeing how these new sculptures interact with Wragg’s paintings is what I am most looking forward to in Transformations. Sam Cornish
Linden Hall Studio at
EXHIBITION EXTENDED THROUGHOUT MAY
14 February – 25 May 2018
at 26 Store Street, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 7BT
The London Deal brings together a group of contemporary artists to create a unique show that compliments the space perfectly.”
– Myles Corley, Gallery Director, Linden Hall Studio.
“I am delighted to welcome Linden Hall Studio as the first professional art gallery to exhibit at The Building Centre. Contemporary art has always been a personal passion of mine and Linden Hall Studio has created its own special place in the art world in a very short time. Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury have always been synonymous with art and architecture and Linden Hall Studio is therefore an excellent addition to this creative area.”
– Colin Tweedy, Chief Executive, The Building Centre.
Established in 2014, the ethos of the gallery was always to bring the very best of contemporary British Art to the English coast. With over the 31 exhibitions, and a multitude of visitors ; the gallery is delighted and extremely proud to be able to continue achieving and expanding upon this original aim.
The gallery’s location is important to its charm. Just over an hour on the fast train from central London whilst at the same time, being a mere stones throw from the English Channel. One cannot pass through this little patch of England, it is a location, a destination one most decide to head toward.
Yet the draw of this special patch of shoreline has always been able to seduce creatives toward it. Turner twinkled at the seascape, Wilde, walked the promenade, Fleming gripped his pen, Coward grabbed a glass. Different timezones, different periods, different modes of self expression. Yet still they came. It seemed that the environment that Deal oozes, could offer something that nowhere else quite could. At Linden Hall Studio, it means very much to us that we are able to continue this cultural legacy – by bringing the very best of contemporary art, to this creative area of the world.