ALICE BLACK's debut exhibition ‘STATIC/KINETIC’ explores the lively connection between eight postwar and contemporary artists working in the field of geometric abstraction: Daniel Chadwick; Richard Caldicott; Ben Gooding; Andre Stitt; Kate Terry; Ivan Black; Maryrose Watson and Victor Vasarely.
The element common to all the works in the first show is the use of movement and dynamism as a means to create new visual experiences and more interactive relationships with the viewer. ‘STATIC/KINETIC’ does not take the notion of movement literally; the factor shared by all the works in the show is the visual manifestation of energy, both perceived and actual.
The viewer will encounter works which disrupt and de-stabilise the body’s experience of space. Maryrose Watson’s woven ‘Feather Series’ works are created off the loom and react with light to create a constantly changing visual experience. Kate Terry’s sculptural works reveal the intersection between structural rigor and almost imperceptible evanescence. The perspectival drawings explore the possibilities for creating space and volume in architectural settings, the most recent of which spanned the Eli & Edith Broad Art Museum, Michigan.
Daniel Chadwick and Ivan Black’s kinetic sculptures are set alive by a power source external to themselves. These complex fluid structures form part of a dynamic sequence that mutate upon the introduction of energy. Damian Hirst said of Daniel Chadwick’s work, “People have been moved by every kind of art. Daniel Chadwick's art moves the viewer as they move themselves, as the sun makes everything move.”
Richard Caldicott’s photographic works delve into the interplay between space, form and colour. Elton John, an important collector of Caldicott’s work says, “Richard has the unique ability to transform the medium of photography, creating something new, but still using the most traditional techniques”. Andre Stitt’s paintings draw upon the configuration of the built and static environment, activating kinetic energies within the pictorial space. Ben Gooding’s scored aluminium works employ mathematical devices through which a structure will emerge as a visual aggregate of the system that defines it.
Finally, Victor Vasarely, the godfather of Op Art, created ‘Iaca’ between 1955-62. It was previously exhibited in the 1965 Arts Council exhibition ‘Art & Movement: An International Exhibition’, alongside Marcello Salvadori, J.R. Soto, Takis and Keith Potts.
Notes to Editors:
Ivan Black in 2016 had large scale works acquired for permanent public display by Jimo City, China and Cottesloe in Perth, Australia. He has also exhibited at The Cass Foundation, UK; Interart Sculpture Park, Netherlands; Palmyra Sculpture Centre, Mallorca; Kinetica Museum, London and the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Surrey.
Richard Caldicott is included in many international collections including; Sir Elton John Collection, London, Los Angeles; Christopher Hyland Collection, New York; Goldman Sachs International, London; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas; Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg; Fidelity Worldwide Investment, London. He has solo shows scheduled in 2017 at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York and ATLAS Gallery, London.
Daniel Chadwick has had solo shows at Lefevre Fine Art, London (1999 & 2001), Beaux Arts, London (2005), Dadiani, London (2015). His work can be found in several significant private and public collections including Perot Museum, Dallas, Damian Hirst collection, London; Biot Japan; Heineken, Amsterdam; Derwent, London; Hix, London; Groucho Club, London. His 'Constellation 2014' was exhibited at Gloucester Cathedral as part of 'Crucible 2' alongside Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk and Antony Gormley. Other notable exhibitions include 'What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me' at the Fine Art Society, London (2014).
Ben Gooding solo shows include ‘Edge of Perception’, Art Link Canada & Jaydon Gallery, Vancouver (2017); ‘The Determined Line’, Residence Gallery, London (2015). Group exhibitions include ‘Platform 10’, Leydon Gallery, London (2016) and ‘From Centre’ - co-curated by Saturation Point Projects and Slate Projects, Loud and Western Building, Fulham, London (2016).
Andre Stitt has exhibited at MoMA PS1, New York (2000); Venice Biennale, Venice (2005); Baltic Contemporary Art Centre, England (2005); Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, Thailand (2008); Galerie Lehtinen, Berlin (2011); John Moores (2012); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2012).
Kate Terry solo exhibitions include ‘Suspended Space’, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2016-17); ‘Alpha Beta’ Volker Diehl Cube, Berlin (2016); ‘Open Forms’, Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar (2013); ‘Plan of the Present Work’, IMT Gallery, London (2011).
Maryrose Watson exhibited in ‘Future Map’, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2014); ‘COLLECT’, Saatchi Gallery, London (2012, 2013, 2014). She was awarded the Peter Collingwood Trust Award in 2011 and forms part of the permanent collection of University of the Arts London.
Victor Vasarely is included in the collections of many of the major museums worldwide including MoMA, New York; The Metropolitan Museum, New York and TATE, London. Much of his work is housed in the Vasarely Museum at the Château de Gourdes, France, and the Vasarely Museum, Budapest. Vasarely was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Guggenheim Prize in New York (1964); the Grand prix at the Sao Paulo Biennial and the French Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Légion d'Honneur (1970).