everywhen

Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, 533 Old York Road, Wandsworth

Event location:
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, 533 Old York Road Wandsworth SW18 1TG
When:Event passed!
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Sat 9th Sep 2017 to
Sun 8th Oct 2017

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Where:Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, 533 Old York Road, Wandsworth SW18 1TG
Map:Map & Nearby
Times:Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 - 18:00
Admission:Free
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About the event

“everywhen”

WITH

RICHARD STONE

PRIVATE VIEW
8th of September 2017
6:30 - 9:00PM

I must admit, just when I think I'm king
(I just begin)
Just when I think I'm king, I must admit
(I just begin)
Just when I think I'm king
(I just begin)
- Kate Bush

Mysterious figures in cascading robes and bird-like forms appear as if they are swirling around, caught in dance, in the background there is a recurrent, repetitive beat, a call to movement. There is life to them, or rather, a life force, an impression that they are breathing. They generate energy; sculptures positioned, but circling, promising the dance of the Sufi. As thick swathes of marble and stone whip and wrap around them we feel a sense of being caught up in a maelstrom, of being in that perfect moment of stillness within movement that is the eye of a raging storm. These sculptures – for that is what they are – stand throughout the gallery like sentinels, with a mind to breaking out. everywhen (9 September–8 October 2017) at Kristin Hjellegjerde evokes sensations of stillness and movement, surrender and resistance, of past and present and future rolled into one moment in time. Featuring all new works, it marks British sculptor and painter Richard Stone’s third major exhibition at the gallery, marking a significant new direction in his practice.

In the past, Stone’s work has been largely concerned with what he refers to as a “reversal of making”, in which found objects were dipped in liquid wax to create interventions, and antique, landscape paintings were sanded down to reveal new, abstract identities. A new-found language in sculpture and painting has emerged, continuing to draw on the rich tapestry of art history, inspired by the colour palettes of the great masters as well as a plethora of diverse art historical, literary and pop cultural references, from the impact of the sublime in Caspar David Friedrich to the poignancy of narratives such as Tristan and Isolde to the songs of the artist’s soundtrack that drive his making.

These new works are significant not only for a complete letting go of the found object and a more personal archaeology, but also for a far bolder colour palette, as Stone moves away from the dreamier hues of Turner to flashes of Kandinsky. While they evoke a more modern art history, there still remains a romantic looking back, but this time a keener awareness of past and current events, as personal and cultural reference points crash and collide, becoming distorted, and ultimately revealing something more authentic in their wake. We sense a questioning of our place within the wider world, a heightened awareness of Stone’s land of cultural origin and its art icons, as well as hints of emblematic ivy, heraldic shields, ruins, nature and the freedom of birds.

Official Link: http://kristinhjellegjerde.com/

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