|Ingleby Gallery at the Frieze Art Fair|
Regents Park, London
Alexander & Susan Maris
Iran do Espirito Santo
The idea of transformation is suggested by most artistic activity - it is an obvious element of the creative instinct, but in the work of the artists selected by Ingleby Gallery for the 2009 Frieze Art Fair it also carries a sense of poetic and sometimes subversive possibility.
The most straightforward exploration of the theme is found in Peter Liversidge's sculpture - the before and after of a bird of prey, it's skeleton seemingly transformed by time. Or in The Truth in Painting by Alexander & Susan Maris. There is self transformation suggested by the strange and dreamlike tableaux of Francesca Woodman's photographic self portraits. In the near violence of a Callum Innes painting the surface is dissolved as well as applied to create an object with a surprising dissonant beauty.
In all these works there is a balance between absence and presence... between the idea and the object... between what isn't there, and what is. This is the space between things in which transformation has an underpinning presence. It is a key component in all of David Austen's work whether in film, sculpture, painting or drawing - the many different ingredients building to a strange new language.
In the pencil drawings of Richard Forster and the black granite sculptures of Iran do Espírito Santo the idea of transformation is linked to perception: both artists play out the age-old debate between appearance and reality. In these, the everyday is transformed by a combination of meticulous making and a shift in scale, into a thing of pure contemplation. The results are implausible, but in an almost perfect way.
Three Verticals at Approximately 30 Second Intervals (part 2 of 3), pencil drawing (2009)
Iran do Espírito Santo
installation photograph of Can E, Can G, Can I, Can K, Can L at Ingleby Gallery (February 2009)