Monday, 6 June 2011

'Zig Zag: Deliberations on construction, sequence and colour' @ Charlie Dutton Gallery, London

 Links to artists work below:

This is an innovative and diverse exhibition of new developments in abstraction. The exhibition which is opening this week at Charlie Dutton Gallery (Holborn Tube) Princeton Street, London from this Friday (Private View) 9th June-2nd July, 2011.

These artists have developed an understanding for the possibility of an ‘internal logic’ in their work; an idea which artists such as Mary and Kenneth Martin talked about in their teaching in the 1950s, as well as explore ideas of ‘colour interaction’ and ‘colour juxtaposition’. 

Isha Bohling

'In her essay, ‘The Writings of Mary Martin’ 1990, Hilary Lane discusses Mary Martin’s idea that all ‘words’ or information needed to describe the artworks should be embedded in the work itself; that written language cannot always express or explain the processes and decisions made during their construction. Mary Martin wanted the story of how her work was made to be clear to the person when looking at it. And although proportion, rhythm and measurement were key she wanted to emphasise the unexpected and a need to remain inventive. Of the process of construction itself Martin wrote that it is: ‘a thinking making process, not necessarily in three dimensions. Internal logic is the key. The success of such a process is wholly dependent on a right choice of symbols. The choice is based on intuition and experience.’

Jost Munster, similar works in 'Zig Zag'
The work in this show examines how artists are still discovering new visual ideas, through the complex and technically challenging process of applying paint and other materials onto a ‘blank canvas’. It is hoped that through the process of contrasting and comparing an opportunity is provided for debate and discussion with regard to visual language: a small critical forum for artists and audience to consider these works and the concepts, methods or systems behind their construction.'


  1. Bonjour David,voilà,voici une expérience courageuse et exaltante qui suscitera j'espère la curiosité puis la réflexion dans le public; j'attends avec impatience vos sentiments sur cet évènement qui me parait capital et bravo à ces artistes; merci à toi: thibault

  2. To continue from Friday;
    If the work and the written record of the processes involved in creating the work were one and the same, there would be no need for a system of coded symbols. If Mary Martin wants to make the process of the creation of her work clear to the person viewing it, what better way than text and image, as I'm suggesting?

  3. It brings to mind the phrase 'actions speak louder than words'

  4. Aye, but if actions and words are speaking together, what a racket!

  5. Long live the NBoise. JD