VEGAS is delighted to present ‘GIVEITANAME’, a group show, bringing together two UK practicing artists and an artistic duo from the Netherlands. Exploring notions of unpredictable, organic processes of movement alongside the spontaneous, chaotic expansions of composition and shapes, the exhibition introduces a compilation of abstract works that are directed into symbolizing fragments or flow, transformation and change.
Paintings by British artist, Gemma Nelson blend features of apparent clumsiness and roundness of shapes in a somewhat obsessive motion that suggest the artist’s predilection for patterns and sequences. Her works bring the spectator back to the 60’s, the epoch of radical fashion, lifestyle trends and psychedelic patterns. Though decorative and feminine, they portray biological processes in cellular structures of spores and viruses.
The baroque excessiveness of Nelson’s works is echoed in the abstract sculptures of Dutch artistic duo, Heringa /Van Kalsbeek. In their spontaneous approach to the creation of their works they draw inspiration from the unpredictability of nature and allow their piecess to resemble the organic process of growth. Heringa/Van Kalsbeek are fascinated in capturing snapshots of impulsive and chaotic movement and exploring elements of life that are past their peak. Their extravagant way of portraying hybridity and dislocation of natural processes is also prevalent in the paintings of Korean artist, Eemyun Kang, who raises questions of ‘becoming’, the transformation of objects through the journey of creation and a painting itself taking on new form as a result. By her use of material and mediation between form and colour, Kang symbolizes subjects of metamorphosis and evolution in her works.
Since graduating Slade school of Art in 2007 Gemma Nelson has exhibited in a range of high profile group shows including; Bloomberg Contemporary 2008 and Saatchi Gallery’s Four New Sensations. In 2007 she was a Finalist for the Nationwide Mercury Art Prize.
Eemyun Kang graduated Slade in 2006 and completed her post graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Art in 2009. In the last year Kang has shown her work in a run of established galleries and institutions including Emerging Korean Artists, U.B.S in Seoul, The Kukje Gallery at Frieze 2009 and Withspace in Beijing. ‘Dozing River’ is Eemyun Kangs current solo show at Tina Kim gallery New York.
Heringa/Van Kalsbeek have shown extensively in both solo and group exhibitions. Their solo institutional shows include Kroller-Muller Museum, Otterlo; Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam; Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam; Haags Gemeentemuseum The Hague and The Museum of Modern Art Arnhem. The have fulfilled a range of commissions for art in public spaces participated in over thirty group exhibitions including those at Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo; The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Ceramic Biennale Korea and Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn.
-Text by Anny Baranova