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Exhibition Detail
GUY ALLOTT - SUPER STATES
Curated by: Debbie Carslaw
137 Whitecross Street
London EC1Y 8JL
United Kingdom


May 18th, 2012 - June 30th, 2012
Opening: 
May 17th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Barricade, Guy AllottGuy Allott, Barricade,
2012, Oil on Linen, 61 x 71.5cm
© Guy Allott and Madder139
View Towards San Bernardino, Guy AllottGuy Allott, View Towards San Bernardino,
2012, Oil on Linen, 220 x 150 cm
© Guy Allott and Madder139
Spaceship Burner, Guy AllottGuy Allott, Spaceship Burner,
2012, Welded Steel, 63 x 50 x 74cm
© Guy Allott and Madder139
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In Guy Allott’s landscape paintings, the very distant past and the far-flung future merge. His scenes are replete with improbabilities and anachronisms: fiery mackerel skies, jolly-but-sad spacecrafts (evocative of 1960s toys rather than actual rockets), and discontinuous natural panoramas that clash with one another. For all their otherworldliness, however, the places Allott paints are to some extent real. He manages to plumb the depths of the history of landscape painting, both real and surreal—from Watteau, Lorrain, and English Romanticism to Magritte, Nash and Sci-Fi—and emerge onto the other side. The resultant imagery transfixes in its discordance, somehow hauntingly relevant. Nature for Allott is an unruly and strange presence, always cultured but always beyond it, an enigmatic mix that draws us back insistently to the idea of landscape – this most fundamental of encounters.


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