a walk at dusk and dawn
Richard Stone presents a showcase of new painting and sculptural works together for the first time at historic Burgh House, Hampstead, London.
Taking the figure and landscape as classical reference points, Stone presents something altogether different. Part apocalyptic, part sublime, cloaked figures face outwards towards landscapes they cannot see whilst landscapes disintegrate and reform as new transient vistas.
From Caspar David Friedrich through references to Turner, vanitas and superheroes, the exhibition includes visually delicate erased antique paintings and figures slowly engulfed in ghostly and seductive auras of amorphous wax.
The surfaces of the paintings have been fractured and partly sanded away to reveal delicately coloured carcass planes or bones of the original paintings now left floating on the surfaces. With the original landscapes now barely visible, new landscapes are revealed instead, balanced precariously between former representation and pure conceptual abstraction.
Adopting traditionally heroic poses the accompanying figures have their features smoothed out, these once empty vessels cast as historical portraits or caricatures become plinths or supports for new sculptural forms, together through process new sculptures are revealed suggestive of a more contemporary anti-portraiture.
More about the artist:
Selected for the Threadneedle Prize and shortlisted for the Galerie8 Prize and Title Art Prize in 2011, Stone creates works which materialises in many forms from objects and installation through to site-specific works. These have been shown at Beaconsfield, La Scatola and Schwartz Gallery in London as well as at further galleries and sites in the UK and abroad.
What others say:
'Between light and dark, tangible and ungraspable, Richard Stone installs his spaceless sculptures where boundaries creep into their own limitlessness.' Writer, Chris Piezga
'Minimal but powerful works.' Curator, Aoife van Linden Tol
'An artist whose recent work has resonances of Felix Gonzalez-Torres's conceptual art and the Joy Division covers designed by Peter Saville.' Barnaby Tidman, jotta
'Richard Stone is an artist who has taken the contemporary obsession with death and developed the theme along much more interesting lines.' Joe Rudkin, flavorpill
Burgh House and Hampstead Museum
New End Square
London NW3 1LT
Nearest Tube: Hampstead