EXHIBITIONS / PINCHED RECTANGLES
28.04.2011 to 21.05.2011
The exhibition is what its title suggests. Rectangles have been pinched. Daniel Argyle’s show, however, doesn’t contain stolen property, but there is the subtle implication of outsourcing and aspects on loan. For example, the monochrome is taken and rendered non-monochrome. Materials not usually intended for art production have been taken and made into non-paintings.
Can we ever talk of art without recourse to what it’s like or what it isn’t? The work in this show is like something and not like it. Either way, to talk of art is to employ a language of association. With this exhibition Argyle seeks to articulate subtleties within associations of form, materiality, history and meaning. A somewhat detached and abstracted commentary on social space is also apparent, the nature of which is left up to the viewer to decide upon.
Pinched Rectangles continues Argyle’s interest in the historically defined field of non-representational abstraction. His continual avoidance of paint and other traditional painter’s mediums is coupled with a tendency to move sometimes rapidly back-and-forth between ideas and working approaches. This is an attitude that brings emphasis to the immediate and the concrete, yet allows the artist a necessary freedom to move.
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