Paintings by Oliver Marsden. In a sense re:action may be seen as Marsden's singular interpretation of action painting; it is reliant upon the gestural in its conception, but ultimately in the eradication of any evidence of the artist's 'mark' it subverts the genre.
Paintings by Oliver Marsden
The Directors of the Blue Gallery are pleased to announce Oliver Marsden's fourth solo exhibition with the Blue Gallery and the first at their brand new space in Clerkenwell. At just 29, Marsden has also had two solo shows at the Spencer Brownstone Gallery in SoHo, New York, as well as others in New Zealand and Edinburgh. He has shown with Galerie Anne de Villepoix and at FIAC in Paris, at the Cologne and Young Basel fairs and at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio. By any standards, this is a remarkable, even precocious, CV, especially given that he only completed his MFA at Edinburgh in 1997.
During his last exhibition, one critic observed of Marsden that he transcends our usual perception of painting and in turn elicits responses above and beyond those that we would expect when viewing paintings. With a much larger gallery to respond to, he has used the opportunity to push this still further and the body of work, that constitutes re:action, is remarkable both in terms of its technical virtuosity and its contribution to the perennial debate as to the contemporary status of painting.
Marsden has always produced startlingly varied bodies of work, but what unifies them is an intense curiosity as to how paintings work optically on the viewer and how he as an artist is able to challenge the perceptions we have of the medium. In this his sensibilities match those of Kapoor, Jason Martin and in this show, in particular, Turrell: As James Turrell makes Form out of light, I try the reverse, to make substance seem immaterial, to create a virtual perceived space in the mind of the viewer.
In a sense re:action may be seen as Marsden's singular interpretation of action painting; it is reliant upon the gestural in its conception, but ultimately in the eradication of any evidence of the artist's 'mark' it subverts the genre. Indeed, apart from simply existing in two dimensions, his work manifests none of the conventional trappings of paintings and although each piece works on its own merits, the exhibition is very much an installation, which reaches its peak with two works, 6' x 10', facing each other and enveloping the viewer in a pulsating, almost holographic aura.
Private view TUESDAY 20th MAY 6-8.30pm
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Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm
For further information and/or visual material, please contact Giles Baker-Smith or Philip Godsal on 020 7490 3833.
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