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GUY ALLOTT - SUPER STATES

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Barricade, 2012 Oil on Linen 61 X 71.5cm © Guy Allott and Madder139
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View Towards San Bernardino, 2012 Oil on Linen 220 X 150 Cm © Guy Allott and Madder139
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Spaceship Burner, 2012 Welded Steel 63 X 50 X 74cm © Guy Allott and Madder139
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

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.madder139.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
city, barbican
EMAIL:  
info@madder139.com
PHONE:  
+44(0) 20 7490 3667
OPEN HOURS:  
12 pm - 6 pm Thursday - Saturday
TAGS:  
landscape, surrealism, figurative, sculpture
COST:  
FREE

DESCRIPTION

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.