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Richard Aldrich

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Richard Aldrich
to Sat 19 Oct 2019
Wed-Sat noon-5pm

Modern Art presents a solo exhibition of work by Richard Aldrich at its Helmet Row gallery. This is Aldrich’s first solo exhibition with Modern Art.

Artworks


Untitled, 2018 (2007, 2009)
Oil and wax on wood, fabric, on linen
213.5 x 147.5 cm, 84 1/8 x 58 1/8 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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I Am Just Trying To Get Her To Believe In Me, 2016-2018
Oil, wax and enamel on linen
213.7 x 147.5 cm, 84 1/8 x 58 1/8 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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And You And I, 2017
Amp and mirror
47 x 45.2 x 51 cm, 18 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 20 1/8 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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Henry Maudsley Painting, 2012
Enamel on dibond
213.2 x 145.6 cm, 84 x 57 3/8 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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Cabinet II, 2019
Found object, mirror and electronics
188 x 91.4 x 50.8 cm, 74 1/8 x 36 x 20 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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Black Collage Painting, 2019 (2009, 2012, 2014)
Charcoal, spray rubber on linen, oil and wax on plexi glass
208.5 x 188 cm, 82 1/8 x 74 1/8 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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Untitled, 2019 (2003, 2004)
Found objects on linen
208.5 x 134.5 cm, 82 1/8 x 53 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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Shadowrun ed. 1-5, 2015
Books
dimensions variable
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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3/4 Scale Reproduction of Daan van Golden’s Untitled, 1982, 2019
Acrylic, pen and masking tape on plastic
19.3 x 19.3 x 2 cm, 7 5/8 x 7 5/8 x 3/4 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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Untitled (or The Song Machine), 2015-2019
Oil wax enamel and plexi mirror on cut linen
213.5 x 147.2 cm, 84 1/8 x 58 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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Homage TM, 2016
Found object, tape and paper bag
11 x 29 x 22 cm, 4 3/8 x 11 3/8 x 8 5/8 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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U, 2008
Found object
48 x 50.5 x 2 cm, 18 7/8 x 19 7/8 x 3/4 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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Memory of Togetherness, 2019
Oil, wax and charcoal on linen
208.2 x 187.9 cm, 82 x 74 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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Untitled, 2019
Oil, wax and charcoal on linen
208.5 x 134.5 cm, 82 1/8 x 53 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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Untitled, 2019
Oil and wax on panel
52 x 33.4 cm, 20 1/2 x 13 1/8 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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Untitled, 2019
Oil and wax on panel
52 x 33.8 cm, 20 1/2 x 13 1/4 ins.
Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

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Richard Aldrich’s work – painting, sculpture, and drawing – eludes any easy interpretive category. His constantly evolving formal vocabulary is as much concerned with the depiction of figures and situations in a pictorial sense as it is with the object-hood of the surface itself. In his exhibitions, abstract painting techniques reminiscent of Neo-expressionism sit alongside figurative drawings, mixed media assemblage, painted bronze sculptures, and found objects. Other times, Aldrich’s paintings comprise sections of the canvas cut away to reveal their timber backing, or fragments of previous works combined with spare, elliptical words. References within his work stretch across centuries of art history and popular culture. From the painterly approaches of French Post-Impressionist artists Vuillard, Bonnard and Roussel, to contemporary musical influences such as Nina Simone and the Velvet Underground, his works reveal a gathering of models and influences that, in the end, are both collectively owned and yet personally felt.

Aldrich’s exhibition at Modern Art includes sculptures and paintings, both old and new, made over the past decade, including a selection of recent paintings that have not previously been shown. This non-linear selection of works is characteristic of his approach to exhibitions, and of his practice more generally. Unconcerned with showing development or progression, Aldrich’s exhibitions tend instead to be a grouping of moments in time: previous works are reused as referential missives, both to passages in his life and to perspectives on cultural and art. As such, time and memory become a medium to be shaped and moulded, forming the central element of Aldrich’s complex and particular sensibility in which material exploration and conceptual systems are equally important tools in his efforts to understand, organise and communicate experience: visual, personal and historical.

Richard Aldrich was born in 1975 in Hampton, VA, and lives and works in New York, NY. Solo exhibitions of Aldrich’s work have taken place at such institutions as Museum Dhont-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2017); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA (2011), and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, USA (2011). His work has been included in group exhibitions at museums including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, and the Smithsonian.

Richard Aldrich, exhibition view, Modern Art, Helmet Row, London, 6 September - 19 October 2019. Photo: Ben Westoby. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London


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