Gift 10 VYNER ST is pleased to announce our May 2010 exhibition showing four artists whose work asks what it takes to make us feel safe.
SARAH KOGAN's vertigious illusionary landscapes concern the human psyche and its predilection to be unsettled when confronted with uncertainty of outcome. These abstract, subtle works are totally misleading in their substance, giving us the impression of a heavy use of materials, only to reveal this depth and texture is in fact flat areas of smooth paint.
LENKA VOHANKOVA on the other hand, inspires us to reconsider the traditional view of painting in two dimensions. Covering the wall with multiple monochromatic canvases which appear as one solid colour from distance. We are then aware of tremendous detail on closer inspection, from the use of gesso on linen which has had the support removed from behind.
Directly opposite the 'Skins' emerges a wall of spires entitled 'Urban Residuals' from SAM GORMAN who has exhibited at Tate Britain. Transported aerially across a metropolitan skyline, Sam's spires, decapitated fragments of our history, project aggresively to manifest their power, territory and empire.
Throughout the work of PAULA CHAMBERS runs a common narrative of dangerous maternity. Objects nostalgically associated with mothering and the process of child rearing are subverted by their manifestation in unsuitable and culturally significant materials. Here we see an installation of cast concrete boots entitled 'Not Waving But Drowning'.