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Click to enlargeVIEWING ROOM: RODION ULRICH STUDIES
Oct 17 - Nov 22, 2020
The figurative or 'recognisable' elements in this series are partly based on the decade-old photographic documentation of Vladimir Umanetz’s and Marcin Lodyga’s studio work. In 2010, during their stay in Cairo, both artists were developing the idea of an obscure post-artistic phenomenon known as yellowism, which later triggered their gradual resignation from art. They've tested various ideas and as a result, produced numerous flat and three-dimensional sketches and notes. I’ve remixed chosen fragments of Umanetz’s and Lodyga’s research outcomes on canvas and therefore, describe these paintings as yellowism studies. It seems to me that there is an increasing tendency to call all art political, which I rather question. My intention was to capture that specific time period, when such questioning occurs. So it is also correct to refer to a sequence of those murals as a time-within-time works." — Rodion Ulrich, London, 15 September 2020
 
Rodion Ulrich is a painter based in Unit 7, Studio 7-124. He’s currently studying Fine Art at the UAL Chelsea College of Arts. Studies is Ulrich’s first public exhibition to date. For more follow instagram.com/hp_label
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VIEWING ROOM | CONNIE HARRISON SOMEWHERE BETWEEN
May 17 - Jun 27, 2021 FINAL WEEK
An array of materials and layers are condensed in Connie Harrison's paintings. Through surfaces and their variations, compositions emerge slowly through a process of layering and the stripping away of wax and oil paint. Harrison presents a painting with the basic tangibility of a sculpture or a sculpture with the graphic vigour of a painting. She is interested in how a work can sit simultaneously between abstraction and figuration.
 
Connie Harrison (b.1993) graduated from Chelsea College of Arts in 2016. Recent exhibitions include The Invitational at Unit 1 Gallery, Open Call with Delphian Gallery, Small is Beautiful at Flowers Gallery and British Painting II at Bermondsey Project Space.

GROUP SHOW: PRETTY UGLY
Jun 19 - Jul 4, 2021
Phillip Allen, Phyllida Barlow, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Paul Cole, Giles Corby, Andrew Ekins, Nick Fox, Nicky Hirst, Sand Laurenson, Hannah Maybank, Jane Millar, Katie Pratt, Piers Secunda, Kate Street, Jamie Partridge and Narbi Price.
 
Everything has its beauty (1.)
 
Pretty Ugly brings together the work of sixteen artists, all of whom explore a fugitive beauty within “a degraded sense of reality"(2.)
 
Each sees value in the imperfect and the irregular, the pull of the sublime and the illicit. Theirs is an aesthetic that gains potency by being elusive, abject, and impolite, while testing the capacity of what has been made to represent the content it is intended to have. The resulting forms manifest a flawed but compelling beauty, and are distinguished by a delight in a logic of brokenness: surfaces that have a corrupted ornamentation and an abused touch of the brush.
 
These artists make delinquent un-palettable paintings, ceramics that relish the quiddities and quirks of form, and sculpture that emphasises the substance and materiality of thingness. The work of each employs an expanded creative language, exploring a narrative of otherness in pursuit of the lure of a tainted kind of love, a fatal attraction.
 
Andrew Ekins, March 2021
 
(1. Confucious, 2. Bruno Schultz, Street of Crocodiles)

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