Exhibition: 12.11.21 – 12.12.21
Previewing: 12.11.21 12-8 pm
Times: Friday Saturday Sunday 12-5
Dominic Beattie, Laura White and Neil Zakiewicz.
Coleman Project Space is proud to present Skewed Logic, a three-person exhibition of new works by Dominic Beattie, Laura White and Neil Zakiewicz.
The objects in this exhibition are all born of tinkering – a strategy to see what happens when materials and production are approached unconventionally. At first sight, the three artists’ practices appear whimsical, like child’s play, for the works are inward-looking and idiosyncratic. The decisions made in their manufacture may be of the irregular, skewed kind, but always reference a sense of painterly or sculptural logic.
Each artist reformulates established ways of working to suit the requirements of the concerns at hand. Materials are forced against each other, or sometimes wilfully misapplied. When these experiments ‘work’, it is often through happenstance. Happy accidents are to be celebrated and made use of.
Dominic Beattie’s ‘Stain Paintings’ (2021), build upon the sensory associations of his ‘Ersatz Ceramics’ series from 2014-2020 – painted cardboard and wood offcuts that humorously pose as pottery pieces. These new aerosol-sprayed works on paper appear to resemble stained-glass windows in abstract pictorial form, yet they also make sense as an economical and bold graphic language that transcends traditional craft techniques.
With ‘This Way That It Was 1-7’ (2020), Laura White acknowledges the inherent fragility of ceramics by coating her forms with silicone rubber before deliberately breaking them. The silicone may resemble a traditional ceramic glaze, but on close examination, it becomes clear its main purpose is holding together the broken pieces. White will also exhibit a series of large-scale silicone rubber sculptures – ‘Pigglyback’ (2020), and ‘Pollute Volute’ (2020) – which resemble playfully stacked Lego forms and haphazardly produced ceramic vases.
Neil Zakiewicz’s paintings on sheet steel, ‘Metal Work’ (2021), continue his interest in stencilling. The steel is folded over to act as a stencil of itself and then sprayed. In this way, the paintings tell the story of their own making, with traces of the perimeter of the sheet apparent in the centre of the work – the outside rendered in. There is a surrealistic pleasure to this sense of the incidental – the unpredictable colour combinations that result.
Text: Neil Zakiewicz, 2021
Dominic Beattie studied at Camberwell College of Art and participated in ‘New Order II: British Art Today’ at Saatchi Gallery in 2014. He has had solo exhibitions at Fold Gallery in 2015, and JGM Gallery in 2018. He curated ‘Harder Edge’, a group exhibition of contemporary abstract art at The H Club and Saatchi Gallery in 2018, and co-curated ‘Habitat: Artists making furniture or things that might be confused as furniture’ at JGM Gallery in 2019. He is represented by Fold Gallery, London.
Laura White completed an MFA at Goldsmiths College in 2004. She was recently selected to be artist in residence at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada (currently suspended due to Covid-19). Her solo exhibition ‘The Clever Girl Painter’ was at Tintype Gallery, London, in 2019. Other solo exhibitions have taken place at Spacex, Exeter; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; The Wall House#2, Groningen; Carter Presents, London; Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Firstsite Gallery, Colchester; Fordham Gallery, London. She is currently Reader in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College (0.5) undergraduate programme.
Neil Zakiewicz is a graduate of Goldsmiths College MFA and Cardiff Institute of Art and Design. His two -person exhibition ‘Night School’ with Dominic Beattie took place last year at Fold Gallery, London. Other recent exhibitions include ‘Working’, a solo exhibition in 2018, and ‘Backyard Sculpture’, a group exhibition in 2019, both at Domobaal, London. He is currently co-curating an exhibition with Laura White that will include work by 12 artists (venue to be confirmed). He is represented by Domobaal.