Flowers Gallery is pleased to announce participation in the 2019 London Art Fair, with a presentation of works on paper by Ken Currie, Fiona Grady, Tom Hammick, Michael Kidner, John Kirby, Carol Robertson, and tapestries by Charlotte Edey.
Flowers Gallery will present prints by Carol Robertson from a set of monotypes produced in the late 1990s at the renowned Garner Tullis Workshop in Santa Barbara, CA. The prints are made with oil paint on purpose-made thick white pulp, which Robertson describes as working with “an object, not just a sheet of paper”.Their powerful geometric forms demonstrate the particular influence of Classical Roman archaelogical sites on her work from this period, with references to the orthographic planform views of circular architectural structures. The circle is an enduring motif throughout Robertson’s work, combining both sensory and poetic form.
Robertson’s work has been exhibited extensively in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, including Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel; the Hepworth, Wakefield; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen-Oranjewoud, Holland; and Noborimachi Space of Art, Hiroshima, Japan. Since 2001, she has been a Returning Fellow at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland. In 2012, she was artist in residence at the Kunstgarten in Graz, where she made 3D objects for the first time. She is also a prolific printmaker, producing her latest series of monoprints, Free Fall, in 2018 at Cambridge Print Studio.
British artist Tom Hammick has described landscape in his work as a metaphor to explore an “imaginary and mythological dreamscape”. Drawing references from Indian miniatures, Japanese woodblock prints, Northern European Romantic painting and contemporary cinema, Hammick’s depictions of solitary figures and isolated dwellings conjure mysterious narratives of those living on the edgelands or outskirts of society. On view at the London Art Fair will be a new reduction woodcut, in which a tent-like technicolour geodesic dome appears within a rural idyll. While drawing from utopian imagery related to the idealistic ‘Back to the Land’ movement of the 1970s, Hammick also hints at the more unsettling economic reality of temporary and makeshift housing structures in contemporary society. Two of Hammick’s paintings from the Towner Collection will also be on view at the Towner Museum and Art Gallery stand during the Fair.
Hammick’s work is developed in close connection to both poetry and music, and he was Artist in Residence at the 71st Aldeburgh Festival in 2018. New work inspired by the residency will be on view in a solo exhibition at Flowers Gallery in April 2019. Hammick has been awarded the Joseph Albers Foundation Residency for 2019; and was the winner of the V&A Prize at the International Print Biennale, Newcastle, UK in 2016. Hammick has work in many major public and corporate collections including the British Museum (Collection of Prints and Drawings); Victoria and Albert Museum, UK; Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Collection of Prints and Drawings); Deutsche Bank; Yale Centre for British Art; and The Library of Congress, Washington DC.
Flowers Gallery will present printed editions by the late British artist Michael Kidner (1917-2009), in which he explored a systematic approach to creating images using line and pattern in black and white.
A pioneer of Optical Art and Systems Art, Michael Kidner devoted much of his career to developing work of a constructive nature. Both rational and playful, his art has combined visual responses to the principles of mathematics, science and chaos theories, investigating optical effects such as waveforms, moiré patterns and after-images. The works on view at the London Art Fair, dating from the 1960s, present examples of the column and waveforms, in both two and three dimensions. Of the work (Wave) Multiple, Kidner wrote: “The serial idea arose from the problem of the relating a wave to the rectangle. I had the choice of making the framed edge of the canvas curvilinear and thus extending the internal structure of the picture to the edge...”*
Kidner’s work was displayed in The Responsive Eye, an influential group exhibition of Optical Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1965; the Systems exhibition at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in 1972; and a retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1984. He was elected as a Royal Academician in 2004. His work is represented in numerous public collections including Arts Council Collection, British Council, Government Art Collection, Tate, and Museum of Modern Art, New York, amongst others. His work was included in the recent Systems display at Tate Britain; Kaleidoscope at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception, Pattern, Pointillism & Op art touring from Compton Verney to The Holbourne Museum; and Criminal Ornamentation, a Hayward Touring / Arts Council Collection group exhibition curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE.
Also on view will be work by Julie Cockburn from a series of large-scale, unique screen prints, in which found photographs are re-presented at an altered scale, and overlaid with kaleidoscopic geometric forms.
Centred around the appropriation and alteration of found images, Julie Cockburn’s work appears familiar and often nostalgic. Her source materials, which include found landscape photography and studio portrait photographs from the 1940s and 50s, are given new significance through the skilful manipulation of their surfaces. Overprinting the original photographs with geometric patterns, her process can be described as entering a ‘conversation’ with the history of the image - each act of embellishment or reconfiguration an attempt to “excavate them, physically and emotionally”.
Julie Cockburn has exhibited extensively in the UK, Europe and the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, NL; Yale Center for British Art, USA; BALTIC 39, Newcastle; New Art Gallery, Walsall; MAC, Birmingham; Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK; and Pôle Image Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France. Her work has been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2007, 2010 and 2015; the John Moores Painting Prize 2012 and 2016; and is included in the collections of Yale Center for British Art; The Wellcome Collection; British Land; Caldic Collection; Pier 24; and Goss-Michael Foundation; as well as numerous private collections.