New Minimal Painting in Dialogue With Contemporary Furniture Design
Rocket/ Jonathan Stephenson presents a group show of new minimal painting and contemporary furniture. A European and American line-up of young artists and designers address minimalism and functionality - two areas often overlooked in the current art/design debate. The artist and designers in this show share a common use of geometry, computer plotting, metal fabrication, wood joinery and paint finishes. All explore a minimal aesthetic – they pare their works down to the essentials.
The artists in this show are not traditional painters. Their paintings are object-based. Many of their methods and materials are associated with product design. Even in the application of paint many of them use spray-guns and industrial paint finishes.
The designers could be misread as making minimalist sculpture but the fact is that all their pieces have clear functional uses in addition to their aesthetic qualities. (Anna Taylor)
Rocket Gallery, London, UK
Group exhibition 10/10 – 22/11/08