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Exhibition

Lost & Found
James Collins, Laurence Owen, Tom Volkaert
26th October - 2nd December, 2017
Rod Barton, London

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Installation view



Laurence Owen // Playing in grass at night, 2017 // oil on canvas // 200 x 150 cms // 78 3/4 x 59 1/8 in



Tom Volkaert // HITCHING POST #3 & #4, 2017 // ceramics, cement, polyester, pigment, sand // 164 x 60 x 90 cms // 64 5/8 x 23 5/8 x 35 3/8 in



James Collins // Liquid Engineers 13, 2017 // Oil on canvas, in mild steel artists frame // 105.5 x 80 cms // 41 1/2 x 31 1/2 in



Installation view



Laurence Owen // Open Mouth, 2017 // glazed ceramic // 24 x 45 cms // 9 1/2 x 17 3/4 in



Laurence Owen // Hand, 2017 // glazed ceramic // 32 x 47 x 18 cms // 12 5/8 x 18 1/2 x 7 1/8 in



Installation view



Tom Volkaert // STEERING WHEELS &ACCESSORIES (Backflip into Deathlift), 2017 // ceramics // 80 x 45 x 30 cms // 31 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 11 3/4 in



James Collins // Liquid Engineers 11, 2017 // Oil on canvas, in mild steel artists frame // 121.8 x 151.8 cms // 48 x 59 3/4 in



Installation view



Tom Volkaert // F1 GRAND PRIX WHEELS & ACCESSORIES (Only Tears of Joy), 2017 // ceramics, cement, polyester, pigment, sand //
70 x 90 x 15 cms // 27 1/2 x 35 3/8 x 5 7/8 in



Laurence Owen // S/He, 2017 // oil on canvas // 188 x 331 cms // 74 1/8 x 130 1/4 in



Installation view



James Collins // Liquid Engineers 14, 2017 // Oil on canvas, in mild steel artists frame // 80 x 50.5 cms // 31 1/2 x 19 7/8 in



Tom Volkaert // YOU LOOK AMAZING (Beauty can not be chained), 2017 // ceramics, cement, polyester, pigment, sand // 65 x 70 x 15 cms // 25 5/8 x 27 1/2 x 5 7/8 in


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