Thursday, 16 March 2017

Thursday 16th March: Rhys Coren, "Whistle Bump Super Strut" at Seventeen Gallery

Rhys Coren's aesthetic is immediately really pleasing to the eye, especially if you were a child of the 80's and teenager of the 90's with these patterns and tones.  The layout of line and contrasting colours also photograph really well.  But what you need to do to fully appreciate the beauty in the technique is take a close look at the composition.  These playful panels of marbled, sprayed & splash marks are actually painted marquetry.  Not only that, the slithers of each individual colour even have secondary darker inlays of silhouette running alongside for extra optical depth.  (This reminds me of the satisfaction and relief as a kid when you finally figured out how to do shadows on bubble-writing.)  Here it's intricately cut-out and spliced textures in squiggles and swirls.  It's like nothing I've ever seen before - exquisite and fun in equal measure.  These pieces are going to make the walls of their future homes very, very happy. 

 Seventeen Gallery, 270-276 Kingsland RoadLondonE8 4DG

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