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Luke Rudolf
Kate MacGarry
27 Old Nichol Street, London E2 7HR, United Kingdom
May 7, 2010 - June 13, 2010

Luke Rudolf at Kate MacGarry
by Nicholas James





For his first solo exhibition at Kate MacGarry Luke Rudolf pitches some truly ’in your face’ statements. Called portraits, they are in fact a long way removed from any comfort zone of easy recognition. The paintings appear spontaneous, chaotic, but take a closer look at the cool grey triangles that intersect swept gestural brushstrokes. The hard edged segments lie before and behind the freehand marks. Each painting is really a calculated composite of different elements: an intricate picture puzzle that re-configures tropes of modernism.

So where is the portrait? Look to the lower edge and you can find the frame of shoulders, scan upwards and there is a sense of where a head should be. However description is forbidden, likeness obliterated by a savage clash of elements. The flat grey segments are jarred and confused by swirls of full-blown cerise pink, swept raw umber, acid emerald, lemon and violet, challenging the viewer to wake up to the nerve tingling experience of full-on action art.

-- Nicholas James

All images courtesy Kate MacGarry Gallery

Installation view, Luke Rudolf, Kate MacGarry Gallery.

Posted by Nicholas James on 5/16/10

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