A dynamic painting of a dancing figure drawn directly onto a blank white wall. A red triangle with the top cut off sitting in the middle of a cream canvas. A cream background on which sits, in the bottom left corner, a solitary photograph of legs, heels and champagne, which takes up only a minute area of the frame. Whilst these don’t seem immediately related, they all clearly belonged in the same exhibition – herein lies the genius of Endogenous II.
Admirable also is the boldness of the curators; the artists’ studios are visited and previous works are examined, but the exact pieces that will feature in the exhibit aren’t revealed until shortly before opening night. Indeed, one work painted directly onto the gallery wall was only completed three days prior to opening. This confidence in the artists gives the curators little time to put together a fluid exhibition, however this is exactly what Maria Stenfors has done with Endogenous II, named for the second time the gallery has carried out this kind of exhibit with artists the gallery doesn’t represent.
The works are unified through a sense of space, a continuum of the work that stretches beyond the page, that we are not seeing the whole story in front of us. This is especially true of Tomoya Matsuzaki’s works, both of which offer snapshots that are fully open to the viewer’s interpretation. The curiosity inspired seems to carry us through to the next work, whether it be a painting, photograph or a small fireplace made from uncooked Egyptian paste. This fireplace by Keith Harrison has been turned on and, as the exhibition continues, visitors will be able to chart changes in the clay, which is expected to change colour and shape as the heat intensifies.
…a beautifully pensive and intelligent exhibition…
The overall sense is one of dynamism, most obviously in France-Lise McGurn’s painting doubles, showing a tennis player mid-shot, but subtly demonstrated through other works such as Harrison’s Preliminary drawing for Bustleholme, an architect’s set of diagrams and measurements. The gallery is also a perfect space for this limited exhibit of eleven pieces over a fortnight; a smaller side-room leads the viewer into a sense of confinement and almost forced focus on the five works contained therein.
Small but perfectly formed, Endogenous II is a beautifully pensive and intelligent exhibition, well worth the visit over the next week or so.
Endogenous II runs at Maria Stenfors until 21st September. Check their website for opening times and details.