VI, VII is thrilled to announce "Works On Paper" by Norwegian artist Sebastian Lloyd Rees.
This unprecedented exhibition is the first to focus solely on Lloyd Rees' approach to small-format paintings and comprises a new series of works made during the artist's relocation to New York.
"Hoarding," the artist’s previous series, are large-scale assemblages made from salvaged building materials and unpainted plywood found on London streets.
The works in this exhibition mark a significant shift from that series. Here, expressive and spontaneous gestures in industrial paint translate the artist’s experience of the vivid and transient atmospheres of the metropolis.
Arriving in a new city, Lloyd Rees has conducted numerous walks to map out Manhattan, a process of orienting and acclimating to this iconic space, rich with social, cultural and economic life. This alludes to the artist’s continued engagement with social and political ideas, a focus of his ongoing work with Ali Eisa as "Lloyd Corporation" (an entity represented by London gallery Carlos/Ishikawa over the past several years), and more tangentially, poetically or aesthetically realized through his solo practice.
Moving from a strategy of appropriation and assemblage in his previous "hoarding" series, Lloyd Rees’ solo works on paper attempt a new kind of commentary on the city. Placing emphasis on his own mark making, Lloyd Rees brings the viewer into physical and emotional contact with the city’s often overlooked attributes, translating them into lines, textures, and surfaces.