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Damien Flood
Promise of Palm Trees

  • Thursday 15 January 2015

BREESE LITTLE is delighted to present Promise of Palm Trees, a group exhibition of work by Charlie Billingham, Benjamin Brett, Jack Brindley, Benjamin Cohen, Clem Crosby, Fiona Curran, Damien Flood and Aimée Parrott. The eight emerging and mid-career artists share an interest in the limits and opportunities of image making, with the works in this show interpreting painting as a medium from different perspectives.

The exhibition title is borrowed from discussions around Sigmar Polke’s current retrospective at Tate Modern, Alibis (October 2014 – February 2015). The twentieth century artist is well known for his experimental treatment of different media, among which his influential approaches to painting feature prominently. Benjamin Cohen, exhibition co-curator and gallery artist, chose Promise of Palm Trees as this show’s title, suggesting an unreachable destination that may not be attained. The readable image, likewise, is frequently obscured or chased into abstraction.

The artworks in this exhibition are made in varying ways that obscure readings of their surface and history, whether intentionally or otherwise. Clem Crosby adds and erases form as his line traverses Formica surfaces, while Jack Brindley’s repetitive silk-screening and re-printing clogs the surface with blockages. Charlie Billingham’s ultra-flat paintings and Aimée Parrott’s overlapping silkscreened works are condensed and compressed, to the effect of making them feel far removed from the viewer. The surfaces of Fiona Curran’s Persian rug and Benjamin Cohen’s pixelated yeti painting are shattered by individual marks, where Benjamin Brett and Damien Flood slip into abstracted painted surfaces, suppressing the emergence of line, form and colour.

The common components of these works can be considered under the umbrella of the ‘expanded field of painting’. Dialogue between the exhibited works and the artists’ approaches more broadly is established between process, surface, material, image, line and form.

Ground Floor Gallery
30b Great Sutton Street London,

Private View: Thursday 15 January, 6 – 9 pm

Show runs: 15 January – 21 February 2015

Open: Wed – Fri | 12 – 6 pm | Sat 12 – 4 pm | Or by appointment

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Image: Picture, 2013, Oil on half oil ground, 40 x 30cm

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