Cole is pleased to present new work by Robin Footitt and Ian Homerston for Sunday. Both artists’ practices are routed in painting, and although each uses the medium to different ends there is a distinct cross over in elements of surface and mark making relating to navigating an artwork as images are both constructed and deconstructed.
Ian Homerston questions the inherent processes involved in painting, often exploring the limits and peripheries of the canvas. Employing minimal brushstrokes and mark making the paintings build in a series of layers, lending a depth to the work and a distance between the viewer and the work. The works suggest a liminality, calling into question the nature and perception of surface. Homerston has recently looked to increase the distance in the work by introducing a more rote approach to making work. Reminiscent of the blending of chemicals in creating a photographic image, surface layers are chemically removed through the application of solvents, adhesives and detergents. Surface and ground are further confused as a result of previous layers bleeding through to the top, creating a restless tension between foreground and background.
Robin Footitt works within a multi-disciplinary conceptual context born out of a studio-based painting practice to consider a range of alternate histories, between the surreal and infinitely possible. His practice explores image making and deconstruction; layers are built up, wiped away and repositioned. For this presentation Footitt has selected a range of objects, both real and imagined to reduce their purpose as functional forms. Dig! consists of a pair of unrealistic renditions of prehistoric caveman clubs both in scale and effectiveness, while Plant! re-deploys model artichokes into a functionality of art to stain and cover the chalked plinth they sit on. The artichoke as a motif is continued in Trapped in Nougat. Here a figurative action of boiling down the work occurs as the object’s leaves fall away. Paint is wiped away, revealing the layers of process in the construction of an image.
Ian Homerston b. 1984 Truro, UK, lives and works in London, studied at Royal College of Art (2009). Recent exhibitions include Young London, V22 Workspace, London (2011), What If It’s All True? What Then? (Part II), Mummery + Schnelle, London (2011), Needed By Things, Furnished Space, London (2011), New Contemporaries 2010, A Foundation, Liverpool/ ICA, London (2010), The Drifting Canvas, Cole, London (2010)
Robin Footitt b. 1982 Sutton, UK, lives and works in London, studied at Royal College of Art (2009). Recent exhibitions include Mains, Cole (2011), Radiaal Moderne with Simon Mathers for Cole at Art Rotterdam 2011, SCREENING (2010), 203-5 Brompton Road, London, Tour Operator (2010), 27AD, Bergamo, Italy, The Drifting Canvas, Cole, London (2010)