LEE JEONGLOK | LEE JEONGWOONG | MATTEO MASSAGRANDE | JEFF ROBB | HWANG SEONTAE | CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON
Preview | London 2015
JEFF ROBB Solo Show April 2015
Since graduating with Distinction from the Royal College of Art in 1992 with a Masters degree in Fine Art Holography, Jeff Robb has continually made art, ceaselessly experimenting with three-dimensional imaging. Shortly after graduating, he was invited to submit a landscape work in to the V&A museum’s permanent collection, the first ever hologram artwork to be accessioned by the museum. Robb’s work now features in museums and private collections around the world. Robb is currently best known for his lenticular photographic work focusing on the female nude and abstract forms in space, which he makes in series. The artist has recently begun to produce bronze sculptures working with the female nude, a subject familiar to him, using cutting edge modelling technology combined with historic casting techniques. This radical development is typical of Robb’s open experimental approach in making art, using any combination of tools and technology available to him. In parallel to developing lines of enquiry around the nude and abstraction in his lenticular work, Robb is beginning to work on projects which investigate how we experience sound, and large-scale kinetic installations for public spaces, museums and galleries. For many, these new directions will at first seem uncharacteristic. Those who are familiar with Robb’s approach and what drives him as an artist will understand the significance of each project for him in testing possibilities with the lenticular medium, and creating new immersive experiences using three-dimensional imaging and cutting edge technology. This kind of experimental lenticular installation work is completely unchartered territory for artists. Jeff Robb works in a variety of media including lenticular photography, painting, bronze and silver cast sculpture, reflection and transmission holography, photography, film, laser light and sound installations. The galleries here are representations of lenticular photography that use a vertical lens array to present a stereo pair of images to the eyes. They are 3D pictures without glasses. The screen images cannot convey the visual impact of the medium, so animations are used to simulate their 3D nature. While only eight images have been chosen for each gallery, there are many more images available in each series. Please visit or contact the gallery to see the full body of work. Jeff Robb is shown in galleries and art fairs around the world.
Unnatural Causes 17 Lenticular Photograph Edition of 12: 75 x 75cm Edition of 9: 100 x 100cm 2014
Free Fall 1 Lenticular Photograph Edition of 9: 86 x 116cm Edition of 7: 104 x 140cm 2014
Free Fall 3 Lenticular Photograph Edition of 9: 86 x 116cm Edition of 7: 104 x 140cm 2014
Unnatural Causes 18 Lenticular Photograph Edition of 12: 75 x 75cm Edition of 9: 100 x 100cm 2014
Unnatural Causes 28 Lenticular Photograph Edition of 12: 75 x 75cm Edition of 9: 100 x 100cm 2014
CHRISTOPER THOMPSON Solo Show April 2015
Christopher Thompson was born in Grimsby in 1969 and trained at The Royal Academy Schools. Thompson’s paintings originate as much from the artists own ideas and thoughts as they are drawn from glimpses of his own life and the world around him. Working from finely observed portrait studies, Thompson manipulates these ‘truths’ with imagined memories appropriated from elsewhere, weaving an enigmatic fiction that takes on a new reality on canvas. Captured in his delicate painterly technique and an often subdued palette, Thompson’s compositions portray the human drama inherent in gestures, glances and emotions.
In combining his
imagined sources with observational accuracy, his work traverses the divide between the real and the fictitious – one step removed from reality, yet entirely authentic. His work expresses a fascination with togetherness and individuality, with what is spoken and unspoken. Sometimes his individuals appear lonely and detached - lost in their own solipsistic thoughts - in others his figures are relational and interacting, expressive and aware of one another.
composition, Thompson draws the viewer into the world he has created; our dialogue with his characters is as much a part of the unfolding story as the canvas itself.
Sleeping Figure (Study) Oil on Canvas 41 x 51cm 2014
Standing Figure Oil on Canvas 122 x 91cm 2014
Nightfall Oil on Canvas 75 x 65cm 2013
LEE JEONGLOK Exhibiting May 2015
Searching for a site that cherishes the deep echoes of nature, I arrived at Jeju Island. I was awestruck standing in front of Jeju’s unique and alien nature that is extremely vibrant, almost fearsome. It took two months before I was able to set up my camera in front of this primordial nature that exceeds any interpretation. I found a tree that resembles Jeju Island and worked at seashores, farms, or forests imbued with special inspirations. Although my long indoor experience enabled me to handle flashlight skillfully, outdoor photography was still a huge challenge. At least a week’s work was required just to obtain basic data from a site. Jeju’s windy and capricious weather was never predictable and films needed to be sent back by air for development. A tree of life that has emerged in the world again is a gate that connects the visible and invisible worlds or the chasm between them. Light stands for the communion between the visible and invisible worlds. The tree of life symbolizes the interaction between these two different worlds as it is. Our industrialized contemporary society is laden with various stimulations that make us oblivious of life’s fundamental source. I wanted to create a site where the vitality of nature and the substantial world embedded in us meet. Beyond a Tree of Life in Island 5-1-4 C-Type Print Edition of 7: 120 x 160cm Edition of 10: 90 x 120cm 2014
mere communication with nature, I hope we will be reminded of the waves from the invisible world that have been always influencing our life and history. – Lee Jeonglok
Tree of Life in Island 5-4-8 C-Type Print Edition of 7: 152 x 120cm Edition of 10: 120 x 95cm 2014
Tree of Life in Island 5-4-10 C-Type Print Edition of 7: 152 x 120cm Edition of 10: 120 x 95cm 2014
HWANG SEONTAE Exhibiting May 2015
Hwang Seontae was born in South Korea in 1972. He studied at Kyunghee University (B.F.A) and trained in glass art and sculpture at the University of Art and Design, Halle, Germany. He later completed his postgraduate studies in Glass Art, at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in 2006. The deracinated interiors of Hwang Seontae bring to mind Edward Hopper’s moments of suspended time. The Korean conceptualist, Suh Do-ho, once precisely recreated his apartment in New York and his flat in Seoul in nylon and silk drapes respectively, and left a similar sense of longing to that left by Hwang’s still impressions. Longing rather than loss; for these interiors are quiet contemplative spaces. These minimalist interiors offer a rare moment of solace. As the light emanates through the windows Hwang instills an instant feeling of calm and clarity of thought in the viewer. A place that offers the opportunity to breath freely and face life on one’s own terms. In an age where we are becoming increasingly more reliant on new media and material culture, we live in a generation obsessed with ourselves and each other. The boundaries between public and private life are increasingly becoming less distinguished that there is little left to be deciphered or discovered. It seems there is no longer place for privacy, even within the confines of our own homes, Hwang’s spaces provide a refreshing release from societal pressures and show us that we do not need to let consumerism invade every aspect of our life. Hwang Seontae has exhibited extensively across South Korea, New York, Germany and Austria. In 2005, he won the Grand Prize for both the ‘Merseburger Kunstpreis’ and the ‘Leowenhof-Foerderpreis’. Siesta Tempered Glass, Sandblast and LED Backlight 102 x 81 x 5cm, 2014
(top) Afternoon Tempered Glass, Sandblast and LED Backlight 53 x 71 x 4.5cm, 2014
(above) A Studio Tempered Glass, Sandblast and LED Backlight 53 x 71 x 4.5cm, 2014
(top) The Room with A Window Tempered Glass, Sandblast and LED Backlight 53 x 71 x 4.5cm, 2014
(above) The Room with Flowing Air Tempered Glass, Sandblast and LED Backlight 53 x 71 x 4.5cm, 2014
LEE JEONG WOONG Solo Show November 2015
Lee Jeong Woong was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1982. He trained at the Sungkyungkwan University in Seoul. After his graduation in 2008, he participated in several group exhibitions and had two solo shows in major art galleries in Seoul. He is an ardent student of the art of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema yet his works reflect his own aestheticism which tests the viewer’s mind with complex threads of symbolism and visual experiment. For modern British viewers, it can be puzzling to see a Korean painter re-creating the style of the eminent Victorian painter with a high degree of technical capacity. While late Victorian art has hardly been introduced into Korea, Lee’s close study of artists in the period, such as Alma-Tadema and Waterhouse enables him to create a peculiar vision in 21st century Korea. Just as Victorian aestheticism contrives to attack the senses of the viewer directly with its elevated naturalism, Lee’s pictures speak out to the viewer by themselves through exploiting the power of mimesis. At the same time, it is easily noticeable that he does not intend to forge convincing illusions. His figures are collaged and not quite integrated within the same space, and they cannot represent any explicit narrative or theme despite his frequent playing with the titles. Rather his paintings aspire to an abstract quality as he carefully experiments on the formal qualities, such as tone, colour and space with his brush. At the same time, he uses his technique to crack his own problems and those of his society. The elegant marble set in his pictures is occupied by contemporary Koreans including himself. His attempt to recapitulate the consciousness and experience of himself and his nation through the odd mixture between the symbol of western ideals (marble) and Korean images might be seen as reversed exoticism. But that is far from the case, as he trained in Western modern art at a university which once was an ancient Confucian academy; the mentality of modern Koreans is reflected in this visual conundrum. It is impossible to decipher the complexity of the modern experience of the Koreans with one simple logical framework. For instance, the traditional Japanese costume in his pictures is an object of beauty while it can function as an object of aversion for the Korean viewers who remember the Japanese occupation (1910-1945). Concurrently, his pictures are not a mere insipid construction of a collective memory. The individual concerns of the young artist to life, such as beauty, affection and death, are always circulating on Lee’s canvas as the motivating force of his art.
Clytie Oil on Canvas 194 × 112cm 2012
No. 1 Oil on Canvas 50 x 72.5cm 2013
Rain Stopped Oil on Canvas 112 x 162cm 2013
Dissociative Anesthesia Oil on Canvas 97 x 194cm 2012
Silently Parade (Triptych) Oil on Canvas 194 x 391cm 2012
MATTEO MASSAGRANDE Solo Show December 2015
Matteo Massagrande was born in Padua, Italy in 1959. Massagrande is an accomplished painter and a talented engraver. He has exhibited in over one hundred exhibitions internationally in the past 30 years. In this new series of paintings Massagrande explores intimate interiors in varying states of deterioration. These derelict urban spaces once so full of life are hauntingly depicted through the use of light, subtlety of palette and cinematic use of perspective. His hard and almost cynical vision, which spotlights the hidden side of the urban environment, bridges the realism which characterized the literary and artistic creation of late XIX century Italy with gritty contemporary photorealism.
Interno I Oil on Board 60 x 60cm 2014
Interno Oil on Board 200 x 150cm 2013
Interno II Oil on Board 60 x 40cm 2014
Interno III Oil on Board 20 x 20cm 2014
Blue One-Piece Lee Jeongwoong Oil on Canvas 50 x 72.5cm 2013
LEE JEONGLOK | LEE JEONGWOONG | MATTEO MASSAGRANDE JEFF ROBB | HWANG SEONTAE | CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON
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LEE JEONGLOK | LEE JEONGWOONG | MATTEO MASSAGRANDE JEFF ROBB | HWANG SEONTAE | CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON