Patrick Heide Contemporary Art presents a new group exhibition entitled New Forces Knocking, featuring works by Martin Assig, Goia Mujalli, Barbara Nicholls, Diogo Pimentão, Rebecca Salter and Henry Tyrrell.
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The exhibition brings together a diverse group of artists whose different media and practice, stretching from various drawing approaches and experimental sculpture to embroidery and painting. A somewhat abstract language combines all six artists and a connection to the gallery that had evolved just before or during the pandemic and then never developed further. New Forces Knocking is curated in the hope to announce a period of renewed ideas and emphatic developments exemplified by these fresh and vital artistic expressions.
Martin Assig’s drawings translate his very own visual language into colourful lines and forms, and sometimes also objects and faces. His often playful or even naïve compositions are united with word plays, at times light-hearted, sometimes heavily charged, to create intimate and personal worlds, where sensuality and spirituality come together.
Goia Mujalli combines painting with embroidery, stitching and sowing to create a colourful universe that resonates with the memories of her native country and asks questions about our nature and its transformation. Her motives are often inspired by the tropical and the mostly positive feelings and longing it conveys.
Barbara Nicholls’ watercolours emerge by manipulating the behaviour of pigment in ever-increasing quantities of water that result in an immense richness of nuanced and vibrant colours. Reminiscent of gemstones or excerpts from nature in a wider sense, Nicholls researches and experiments like a scientist or alchemist to reveal microcosms of our planet.
Diogo Pimentão constantly pushes the three-dimensional potential of drawing while emulating the aesthetic value of minimalism. Seemingly heavy metal sculptures turn out to be folded watercolour paper covered in graphite. Pimentão’s works are deceptive in their simplicity, they tend to escape any conceptual approach and invite to reconsider on successive contemplations.
Rebecca Salter’s works spring from process-based experimentation. They are heavily detailed minimal abstractions, particular emphasis is given to the interplay between marked and unmarked space on the canvas or paper. The layering of neutral tones often suffuses the work with an ethereal quality, offering a tranquil, yet spellbinding, response to nature.
Henry Tyrrell’s paintings seem to stem from some darker forces that attempt to find a rejuvenating balance. Heavily worked with sand and other media the title-giving painting New Forces Knocking displays blue abstract hovering shapes, or a brooding nightscape, that is punctuated with liberating gestures, or clouds, in pink to alleviate and recharge the overall mood.
Courtesy of Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London