Solo show at Annka Kultys GalleryOctober 22 2020 - December 11 2020
SOFT marked my first solo show in London. On view were new paintings from the new ongoing series Sloppy Therapy.
Starting with a canvas, often a found canvas, I consciously try to forget everything I know about the canvas and instead try to explore the canvas as a simple object and appreciate it for its materiality. I work on the canvas in a sculptural way, the materials merge: paint is smeared, dripped or poured, the canvas itself is often cut, torn or crushed. Pigments, resin, glue or paint are pourn over or applied by hand. I try to achieve a dadaistic naivety that seeks to rejoice the canvas and its three-dimensional materiality.
Through the close-up, cropping and the abstract nature of the digitally reworked images, the finished paintings appear textured, so that the viewer is drawn to their apparent materiality and tactility.
The way we look at art has changed in the digital age. These works were created during the spring 2020 lockdown. A moment when we could often only gaze at art, alone, on our screens zooming and scrolling over textures.