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James Collins, Laurence Owen, Tom Volkaert
Lost & Found

26th October - 2nd December, 2017

 

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Selected press: Elephant Magazine / Artviewer

Rod Barton presents, Lost and Found - a group show consisting of three artists, each with an equally strong visual language. Glazed ceramic pieces and expressive figurative forms, embodied with a huge sense of materiality, are positioned throughout the gallery space. All the pieces have a dialogic relationship with each other, the viewer, but also, critically, the space. The intrusion of the white walls of the gallery into the compositions and the dis- torted surreal imagery of the works on the gallery floor reinforce a pervading sense of a transcendental environment. An atmosphere of external stimulation, creative introspection and material structure.

Collins’ paintings combine interests in relationship-oriented sensibilities towards painting and pragmatic, structure-based organisation of imagery. Tonal values and material weight carry huge significance of how each painting operates. Heavy positive and negative nas- cent forms are built, subverting carved impasto lines creating a dialogue of contrasting methods.

Owen’s process begins with a snippet of memory or a vestigial image lingering in his mind. He works intuitively to excavate something new and transformative from the memory. This process leads to paintings containing subconscious perceptions and subjective semi-figura- tive realities, reminiscent of surrealist dreamscapes with their own unique language.

Volkaert’s enigmatic and characteristically humorous forms stem from playful and curious introspection into commonplace materials. Pushing the boundaries of a certain material to the point of fracture. These are deliberately emphasized rather than concealed giving each piece a historical individuality, accompanied by Volkaerts mischievous, tongue-in-cheek approach to making.

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James Collins (b. 1992, Darlington, UK) attended Wimbledon College of Art and Royal College of Art. Lives and works in London. Previous exhibitions include, Royal College Degree Show 2017; John Moore Painting Prize 2016 Threeworks Victor Payares 2016; Four Painters by Slate Projects, The Averard Hotel, London 2016; Dark Ages, Geddes Gallery, London 2016; Threeworks, Weymouth, 2015; Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015, ICA, London; Piercing the Veil, Simmons and Simmons, London 2015; Blank Back Of A Sign, London 2015.

Laurence Owen (b. 1984 Gloucester UK) attended Royal Academy Schools London 2012-15. Lives and works in London. (E Vincent Harris Painting Prize 2014). Previous exhibitions include In The Darkest Hour There May Be Light (Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection), Serpentine Gallery 2006; Caustic Coastal / Rogue Studio Space Manchester 2012; Studio_Leigh, Studio_Leigh Gallery 2015; Chimp Cracks Nut With Rock..., Kennington Residency 2015; Suspended Fruit, C4RD 2016. Solo shows include The Gold Book, 20 Hoxton Square Projects 2009, Laurence Owen & Vivien Zhang (two person), Rook & Raven 2015.

Tom Volkaert (b. 1989, Antwerp, Belgium) Lives and works in Antwerp. Previous exhibitions include ‘VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY GOOD TIMES’ Hole Of The Fox, Antwerp, B 2015; T.O.O.N, Groepsproject Het Bos, Antwerp, B; TRUE BELIEVER, The Pony Club Project Space, 2016; ART IN THE PARK, Beersel, 2016; FOR GRANTED, Hole Of The Fox, Antwerp, 2016; Koninklijke academie voor schone kunsten Antwerp, 2016; TEN DANS, Lieven Segers nodigt uit, CC Maasmechelen, 2016; PARADISE LOST, Base-Alpha gallery 2016.