13 October 2011 – 6 November 2011
APT Gallery, Harold Wharf, 6 Creekside, Deptford, London, SE8 4SA
Curated by Clare Undy and Sarah Williams
Caline Aoun, Claire Bayliss, Richard Clements, Dexter Dymoke, Kate Liston, Sarah McNulty and Mia Taylor
Matter brought together seven emerging artists whose work reflects a return to post-minimalist practice, where works display abstract qualities, have a strong material presence and use their own materiality as subject. Bringing together painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and film, the works in the exhibition are resolved and carefully constructed, though never overstated or overly complicated in form.
Much of the work, although displaying an abstract quality, makes reference to the real world, through materials, their relation to the landscape or exhibition space. The works are almost accidentally abstract, rather than abstracted or adhering to a more traditional notion, questioning what it means to be a contemporary abstract artist and how this contextualises itself in 2011.
Matter is sponsored by abstractcritical, a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 to promote and facilitate discussion of abstract art through free, monthly live events across the UK and an online archive of interviews, articles and debate at www.abstractcritical.com
Image: Kate Liston, 2011. Courtesy the artist