Thirty Paintings About Nothing – PRESS RELEASE

Thirty Paintings About Nothing.
A show of paintings by Martin Olsson & Gary Andrew Clarke
Bankley Studios & Gallery, Bankley Street, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3PP
Saturday 14th March – Sunday 29th March 2015
‘Thirty Paintings about Nothing’ is a two person show featuring paintings by Martin Olsson (b.1971) and Gary Andrew Clarke (b.1970). Both are based in Bankley Studio.
Each of the artist’s work in a style best classified as Hard-edge abstraction, an approach that has its roots in 1960s West Coast America. It’s an idea that has a visual interest in pure geometry, and is characterized by its flatness of surface, fullness of colour, economy of form, and avoidance of imagery or metaphor.
Individually, both approach this idea with very different techniques and rules, and as a result the paintings take related but opposite viewpoints on shape, movement, colour, repetition and naming.
In his paintings Gary Andrew Clarke creates energy and movement using the push & pull of simple geometry, colour & tone. He has a longstanding fascination with the mathematically curious ‘Golden Ratio’ number (61.8034, known since classical times, and seen in maths and nature), and this proportion is used to influence the structure of the work, their internal shapes, and the relationships between the two. He lives & works in Stockport.
Martin Olsson’s work develops from a more rigid set of rules, and in this rigidity lays its rationale. He wilfully turns away from activity or movement, being solely interested in the realm of colour and proportion. The solid and strong use of colour is monotonously repeated to stress the bond between each work in the series. Olsson uses symmetry to further purge the surface of action, allowing the viewer to delve into strictly ordered yet functional stillness. He lives & works in Buxton.
Private View Friday 13th March 6.00 – 8.00pm
Open Saturday & Sunday 12.00 – 4.00pm from 14th March – 29th March 2015
Closing & drinks 29th March 2.00 – 4.00pm
Other times by appointment only (please phone 07541 888798 or 07505 905646)
Martin Olsson
Gary Andrew Clarke
Bankley Studio & Gallery

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