Rod Barton is pleased to present a three-person exhibition featuring new works by Gabriel Hartley, Asger Dybvad Larsen and Camilla Steinum. These artists have inherited the history of Modernism and in this linage they incorporate the grid in a variety of materials to create fields of colour and meaning with accumulated form. All three artists create a painterly palates, which extends their work beyond material possibilities.
Gabriel Hartley is creating a large free-standing sculpture which will inhabit the gallery thus creating a barrier and pathway through the space. His method of building this structure with paper and resins results in an affect that hinges between stained glass and animal skins. The fragility of construction yet the presence the work possess reinforces the dynamics between painting, sculpture and how space can be transformed through this.
Asger Dybvad Larsen works with paint to create transformative surfaces and he connects these marks in a grid like formation that are patterned and coded in their abstraction. Using a predominantly grey scale, the repetitions in these works suggest a mechanisation of construction but what complicates this is a distinctly human touch that carries throughout each mark. This duality of automatized and expressible method of creation reflects his interest in exploring and revealing what it means to paint and construct in our digital age.
Camilla Steinum is presenting colourful felt works that are display within a freestanding sculptural framework that interplay with the haphazard and the necessity of construction. Quilt like in appearance, Steinum’s work is about how materials can be stretched, pushed, and complicated to their limits yet still retain their essentiality and history. The affect of the everyday presides over these works creating a familiarity but her use of material, composition and palate deviates the work from the banal to revelatory surprise.
Gabriel Hartley (London, 1981) lives and works in London. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London and a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art from the Royal Academy Schools, London. Recent solo exhibitions include: Lozenges, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, Posing, Foxy Production, New York, Splays, Brand New Gallery, Milan, SNAX, Horatio Jr., London. Recent group exhibitions include: Bloom, Kinman Gallery, London, (with B. Horns & D. Pevey), Basic Instinct, Seventeen Gallery, London, and Far In Out (curated by Jérôme Lefèvre), Triangle Bleu, Stavelot.
Asger Dybvad Larsen (1990) lives and works in Aarhus. He is currently enrolled in the Jutland Art Academy. He has had solo exhibitions at: Distorted Data, Pablo's Birthday Gallery, New York, Transformed in Translation, Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin, Art as Art, LARMgalleri, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Titel, Lunchmoney Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark. Upcoming exhibitions include: Artissima with Galerie Rolando, Danny Firsts Artist in Residence, Los Angeles, American, 2015, CCA Artist-in- Residence, Mallorca, Spain, 2018.
Camilla Steinum (Oslo, 1986) lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo presentations: Ambiguous Container for Rational Stuff, M.I., Berlin, 2015; Grumset inni der (Murcky Inside), Gallery Soft, Oslo, 2015; Consume Meaning and Wash Away the Stains of Uncertainty, Come Over Chez Malik ́s, Hamburg; Symbols of Existential Dirt, One Night Only (ONO), Oslo 2014; SO DRY YOU COULDN`T SPIT (with Aurora Passero), Akershuskuntnersenter, Lillestrøm 2012; Crushed and renewed, Gallery Seilduken, Oslo 2011; Life is cold. Burn some bridges and warm up the remains, Snake Mountain Gallery, Oslo 2011