West London’s Griffin Gallery are proud to present their latest group exhibition, Perfectionism (part II.), exploring the artistic processes toward s the concept of perfection.
The first edition, Perfectionism (part I.) sought to bring together a collection of British artists who reflected a shift in artistic practice from 20th century conceptualism towards a focus on materials, precision and technical skill. In the second edition we see this further explored with a new found emphasis on the contradictory nature of manual production.
For this edition, curated by Becca Pelly- Fry, Director of Griffin Gallery, the focus turns towards the act of repetition. The group show exhibits a range of artists whose practice encompasses a repeated action (or set of actions), or a repeated image. Pelly-Fry explores the concept of perfectionism as a rebellion against the readymade, the ‘thrown together’ and the disorganised.
Adam Fenton, Four Paintings, oil on canvas, 2013
Perfectionism (part II.) comprises of eleven British artists, who through repetition, create dialogue, pose questions, and seek the limits of themselves. Practice makes perfect. Or practice makes imperfect?
Each artist has produced an original work responding to repetition and the artistic questions it inspires. In this digital age of perfect rendering, it is imperfection that we can relate to. The exhibition aims not only to present a selection of compelling new work, but also highlight the extensive process behind the pieces. Situated in the headquarters of world-leading fine art materials brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, Griffin Gallery explores the relationship between materiality and artistic concept.
Ben Gooding, artist and author of ‘A Thought on Perfection and Art…’ says:
“There is a certain rigorous ambition evident in the immaculate finish of the works exhibited here that suggests a deep concern with achieving that indefatigable quality one might tentatively venture to term ‘perfection’. It is the nature of this ideal, as well as a keen awareness of its failure to become realised, that provides a focus for this exhibition.”
“My works explore the interplay of the handcrafted in relation to repetitious and serial forms and gestures. My sculptures consider concerns of weight and presence with direct emphasis on their physicality, form and colour.”
Opening Times: Monday – 10:00 – 17:00 Tuesday – 10:00 – 17:00 Wednesday – 10:00 – 17:00 Thursday – 10:00 – 17:00 Friday – 10:00 – 16:00 Saturday – Closed Sunday – Closed
The exhibition will run from 8 October – 13 November 2015
Griffin Gallery, 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ0