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Wed 25 Oct 2023 to Sat 2 Dec 2023

24 Howie Street, SW11 4AY Tangram

Tue-Sat 11am-6pm

Artists: Dominic Beattie - Olly Fathers

JGM Gallery presents Tangram, an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Dominic Beattie and Olly Fathers.


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The aesthetic tools of both artists are pattern, shape and colour. Their conceptual approaches, however, are almost exact inversions of each other. Using an overtly organic medium - timber - Fathers meticulously arranges his compositions into geometric iterations. Beattie, on the other hand, uses an artificial material - acrylic paint - to create loose configurations that might seem to have developed organically.

In combination, the artists blur the line between shape and shapelesness and, by extension, chaos and order. In front of these paintings, one might ponder the extent to which we are uniform products of the universe, or individual deviations from its structure.

Fathers work is, in some sense, analogous to The Ship of Theseus, a paradox that asks whether an object remains the same if all its original components have been replaced. By example, Fathers repeats his geometric arrangements dozens of times, however, their constituents - colour and the grain of the timber - inevitably vary. His geometry will always rhyme but never repeat itself.

If pattern is the repetition of the same shape at regular intervals, then one might struggle to define Beattie's work in these terms. A rectangle may precede another, but its dimensions fluctuate because of the artist's gestural application. He draws inspiration from folk quilts and stained glass windows, objects which we are used to viewing within meticulous matrices. Beattie, however, leads these shapes astray and encourages them to defy their algorithmic essence.

Images courtesy of Daniel Browne

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