Simon Mathers The Patterns Of Fur And Themes of Still and Running Water
2nd December 2011 - 28th January 2012 PV 1st December 2011 6-8pm MOTINTERNATIONAL LONDON
MOTINTERNATIONAL LONDON is pleased to present The Patterns of Fur and Themes of Still and Running Water an exhibition of recent works by newly represented artist Simon Mathers. This will be the first major solo exhibition of his works in the UK.
Mathers graduated from the Royal College of Art with an exhibition of subliminally concise paintings, sumptuous and almost liquid grounds suspending economic calligraphic gestures. Since leaving, Mathers has continued to explore and expand his processes and modes of production. He uses abstraction as a tool, enabling him to work with images on a plane that is not indebted to figuration but rather, a plane in which figuration, colour, surface, texture and mark-making might be concurrently explored.
Varnish prepared grounds achieve lucent effects, while foregrounded strokes become shorthand for landscapes, or the details of hair; forms that often gesture to a fragmentary imprint of what they might depict, rather than absolute portraiture. Frequently, images appear half-remembered or partly-translated, with the simplicity of his marks withholding as much as they reveal. Having a viscosity of form and surface, Mathers' experimental techniques create colourings in which pooled materials are cut with solvent lines.
Simon Mathers lives and works in London. Selected previous exhibitions include Midsummer Opening, Pilar Corrias, London; Poisson d’Avril, Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam; The Salon of the Vernacular, Fishmarket Gallery, London; 2010, MOT International, London; The Drifting Canvas, Curated by Robin Footitt and Tom Cole, Cole Contemporary, London.
News LAURE PROUVOST Winner of the Max Mara art prize for women 2011. The Darkness More Than Night, QUAD Gallery, Derby, 11 Nov-29 Jan 2012 Laure Prouvost, IPS, Birmingham, 18 September - 10 December, 2011 Painting Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, 26 Nov-25 February 2011
ELIZABETH PRICE British Art Show 7, British Art Show. Touring to: Nottingham Contemporary, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, until 2 December 2011.
JOHN RUSSELL Painting Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, 26 Nov-25 February 2011
CALLY SPOONER Collapsing in Parts: Footnote 2: The Erotics of Public Possibility, IPS, Birmingham, November 2011