< Depth Of Field >
Preview: Saturday 2nd of June 2 pm - 7 pm, 2018
Holt Lodge Farm
The Coach Houses
Depth Of Field brings together the work of Lizi Sanchez, Cipriano Martinez, Luke Skiffington and Augusto Villalba in the rural setting of Cipriano Martinez’ studio.
Centred on painting, the exhibition tests the parameters of image, support and surface in relation to abstraction. Alongside enquiries into abstraction, these artists work embrace illusion and artifice through a diverse range of sources adapted from the wider world.
Their starting-points range from commercial packaging, city plans and architectural structures to art history, fabric patterns and text. Distilled from an infinite stream of images competing for our attention, their work draws scrutiny to a sensory fragmentation whilst remaining reductive in nature. Subtlety revealed, the presence of the hand is always apparent in the surface of their works. Sharing a tautness of image, their work oscillates between forms explicitly rendered or implied through a prolonged dialogue with the materiality of paint.
Lizi Sánchez' works reference confectionary brands, party paper chains, and articles of mass consumption. Her work deliberately uses common materials, like aluminium foil, rubber and paper cups re-purposing them through an intensive hand-made process. The intimate nature of making contrasts with the glossy graphics and seductive surfaces of consumer goods.
Cipriano Martínez’s works origins lie in the abstract geometry of a city in constant and uncontrolled expansion. Generating a tension between the pictorial and the graphic has been a preoccupation of his practice in recent years. His imagery seems to constantly renew itself, regenerating over time to become more self-referential, departing from the superficial look of the city.
Augusto Villalba has developed a practice language based on found objects and the visual noise of daily life. His work re-configures familiar forms, combining them with more personal imagery to produce abstract constructions which suggest new narratives. Colour and its application are significant elements in his work, enabling his paintings to develop far beyond their original roots.
Encompassing combined-panel works and larger paintings, Luke Skiffington’s practice explores perceptions of natural and urban spaces. Depictions of schematised figures and heads are placed in opposition to abstract colour fields, reflecting an environment in transition. Originating from drawing and found imagery the specifics of an image exist alongside the traceries and glitches of a painted surface.
Lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include solo Maria, Rosa, Mick & John, Domobaal 2017, Sculpture in the City 2016/17, John Moores Painting Prize, 2016, London Open, Whitechapel 2015.
Recent solo exhibitions include Displacement, Maddox Arts, London 2018, Woven Cities (a project in collaboration with Vanderhurd Studio) Maddox Arts, London, 2015, Máculas Ortogonales, Galería Beatriz Gil. Caracas, Venezuela 2015.
Recent exhibitions include Manuscript-Letter Home, China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, China 2017, Artist Of The Day 2016, Flowers Central, London, Blueprint, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh, 2015, The Unassuming Eye, Sobering Galerie, Paris, 2014.
Exhibitions include Indian Summer, Maddox Arts London 2016, 8 Egerton Garden Mews, Square Art Projects, London, Painting Diaries, Venezuelen Consulate, London 2007.
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