Rad Husak: Duality

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Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

156 New Cavendish Street, W1W 6YW, London, UK
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm


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Rad Husak: Duality

to Thu 22 Dec 2022

Artist: Rad Husak

156 New Cavendish Street, W1W 6YW Rad Husak: Duality

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm


Special event: Season Greetings. Saturday 10 December, 10am-8pm

Quantus Gallery and Grove Gallery present an important solo exhibition by leading contemporary artist Rad Husak. Duality is a figurative and abstract study of the male form and represents a powerful process-based journey for this London-based artist.

Artworks

Bath House,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils and collage on wooden panel
650 × 1100 mm
110 x 65 cm

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Apres Moi Le Deluge,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils and collage on wooden panel
800 × 1960 × 50 mm
196 x 80 x 5 cm
Edition of 2 unique colourways

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Andrea Ritratto I,

Stained Glass
440 × 600 × 20 mm
60 x 44 x 2 cm
Edition of 2 (#1/2)

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Bacchanalia III,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils and collage on wooden panel
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm
Edition of 2 unique colourways

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Bath House,

Bacchanalia II Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils and collage on wooden panel
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm
Edition of 2 unique colourways

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Saint Sebastian (SS5),

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils and collage on sandblasted aluminium
600 × 840 × 30 mm
84 x 60 x 3 cm
Edition of 3 unique colourways

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Mirrored (IX),

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof (AP 1/1)

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Mirrored (XVII/II),

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
400 × 560 mm
56 x 40 cm
Edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs (AP 2/2)

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Duality I,

(Former title 'Mirrored XXXXVII') Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils on sandblasted aluminium
800 × 1120 mm
112 x 80 cm
Edition 2 in colour reversal

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Mirrored (VIII),

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof (AP 1/1)

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Mirrored (XIX),

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
800 × 1120 mm
112 x 80 cm
Edition of 2 (#1/2) (Second Edition in Colour)

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Mirrored (XXXIII),

Pigment transfer, and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
800 × 1960 mm
196 x 80 cm
Edition of 2 (#1/2) (Second Edition in colour)

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Mirrored (VII/II),

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm
Edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs (AP 1/2)

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Mirrored (XVII),

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
400 × 560 mm
56 x 40 cm
Edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs

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Triumph of Light II,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils and collage on wooden panel
630 × 1600 × 70 mm
160 x 63 x 7 cm

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Odalisque Sur Le Terrace I,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils and collage on wooden panel
600 × 1000 × 50 mm
100 x 60 x 5cm

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Gymnasion I,

Pigment transfer, body colour, carbon and colour pencils and collage on wooden panel
600 × 1000 × 50 mm
100 x 60 x 5 cm

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Unseen I / II,

Pigment transfer, body colour, carbon and colour pencils and collage on sandblasted aluminium (2 Panels)
98 x 40 cm (each)

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Vodnik II,

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm

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Duality II / Formerly Mirrored XXII,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils on sandblasted aluminium
800 × 1120 mm
112 x 80 cm

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The Root of Desire,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils and collage on sandblasted aluminium
1600 × 980 mm
98 x 160 cm

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Ajax and Achilles / Multus III,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils, collage on canvas mounted on board
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm

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Andrea / Untitled,

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm

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Mirrored (XVIII),

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
1400 × 840 mm
84 x 140 cm

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Mirrored Decline (Triptych),

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
2600 × 1960 mm
196 x 80 cm (each); 196 x 260 cm (total)

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Ajax and Achilles / Multus II,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils, collage on canvas mounted on board
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm

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Ajax and Achilles / Multus I,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils, collage on canvas mounted on board
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm

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Mirrored XXV,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, collage, carbon and colour pencils, on sandblasted aluminium
800 × 1120 mm
112 x 80 cm

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Sunrise II,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils and collage on sandblasted aluminium
400 × 560 mm
56 x 40 cm

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Sunrise I,

Pigment transfer, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencils and collage on sandblasted aluminium
400 × 560 mm
56 x 40 cm

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Achilles and Patroclus (Flux) 2,

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm

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Mirrored XII/II,

Pigment transfer, chine-collé, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencil on on sandblasted aluminium
400 × 560 mm
56 x 40 cm

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Achilles and Patroclus (Flux) 3,

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm

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Achilles and Patroclus (Flux) 4,

Pigment transfer and carbon pencil on sandblasted aluminium
600 × 840 mm
84 x 60 cm

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Mirrored XII,

Pigment transfer, chine-collé, bodycolour, carbon and colour pencil on on sandblasted aluminium
400 × 560 mm
56 x 40 cm

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Considered to be one of the ‘rising stars of the contemporary art scene’, Husak is one of the most highly sought-after printmaker-artists working in Britain today; it is said that there is simply no-one else doing what he does. Husak’s work was first debuted at Photo London 2019. His work is highly theoretical, drawing on an array of references spanning notable academic concepts and visually referencing mid-century pop culture, Andy Warhol’s Double Elvis series (1963) in particular. The glitching figures are his form of commentary on ideas found in Queer Theory and gender studies.


The artist’s figurative works combine the aesthetics of the classical nude deriving from Grecian sculptures with elements of 20th century pop culture. Transforming aluminium panels through sand blasting to remove the outer metallic layers, Husak creates imperfections and blurred edges that amplify the tensions and movements, inner emotions and energies of the body.


Husak considers all elements of a project before creating the aesthetic of ‘highly controlled chaos’ that has come to define his work. He has developed his own technique of pigment transfer, pushing the medium of printmaking beyond conventional boundaries. His new panelled works bridge his passion for painting and print; colour takes centre stage in his most recent body of work – a significant transition from his previous monochrome oeuvre – utilising materials ranging from wood to painted aluminium, paper, collage and canvas.


He is inherently fascinated with the idea of capturing movement on a flat surface bringing order into a world that feels chaotic – to find beauty where there is ugliness. Having long been seduced by the beauty and perfection of the Classical world, Husak presents us with a very modern muse: the lithe and youthful man – channelling the look and movement of a fashion model in a neo-romantic way. In the image, we see the glitch: the double exposure, the jolt and the jut; a digital imperfection, a stuttering. In Husak’s work, semi-transparent edges of bodies become less distinct as they melt together to simultaneously create corporeal and carnal strangeness – a space for the viewer’s imagination through implied movement and evidence of trace. Husak opens the door to a personal reflection about the representation of self and beauty in times of mechanical reproduction and synthetic media in which we are all ‘read by machines’.


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