presents
A Little Closer
71 Artworks
23 Artists

Aleph Contemporary is pleased to announce "A Little Closer", a group exhibition curated by Andrew Hewish.

The exhibition is inspired by Paul Klee’s epitaph which reads: "slightly closer to the heart of creation than usual. But not nearly close enough." For the show, titled “A Little Closer” Dr Andrew Hewish BEM brings together a group of artists whose paintings and sculptures demonstrate the vitality of contemporary practice.

Held at The Bindery, Farringdon’s stylish newly refurbished bookbindery, the exhibition presents a showcase of fresh new works that are infused with visual invention, a sense of the importance of human action and creation, and a delight in being close to that which is felt on the edge of seeing.

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presents
A Little Closer

‘A Little Closer’ brings together a variety of artists working in painting and sculpture. These artists demonstrate the vitality of current practice in a thread that takes us to Paul Klee’s project and his epitaph: “slightly closer to the heart of creation than usual. But not nearly close enough”. The works in this exhibition are infused with visual invention, a sense of the importance of human action and creation, a joy in seeing, and a delight with that which is felt on the edge of seeing.

Bridget Riley noted the impact Klee had on British artists of the 1950s and 1960s, and this influence endures in values imparted to a current generation of contemporary artists, living as we do in the sway of those previous generations. In an article marking the impact of Klee, Riley remarked that “Klee is unique in that he demonstrated more fully that the elements of painting are not just means to an end, but have distinct characteristics of their own”. Klee’s analysis of the pictorial field allowed an flowering of possibilities in artistic production. Riley recounts regarding Klee’s thought:

“Long before a line is expressive, it works in specifically plastic ways, taking direction, dividing up areas, delineating or circumscribing forms, and so on ... very importantly, forms do not act as substitutes for bodies in physical space but are spatial agents in the picture plane”.

Klee also gestured toward the ineffable and his part in a chain of being – his acts of creation were an embodiment of creation as such; as part of the all-thing. This exhibition is a call and response to Klee’s clear identification of an important part of artistic practice that is not often articulated in contemporary comment. Beyond strategies, ironies and positions, there is a part of contemporary practice that endures, not as a legacy specifically of Klee’s, but as a primary part of the engagement of artists with their work. This is a gesture to a world not where we act out, but act. As Klee says in his 1918 diaries, “Art imitates creation. And neither did God especially bother about current contingencies". 

This activity to found on the surface of the painting - part topography, part raw visuality, scratchy or dribbly but incantatory - can be found scattered across painting’s history, luminous and numinous, in a constellation that includes Titian’s Flaying of Marsyas, the garden paintings of Monet, the late work of Turner, the work of Ernst, Artaud, Viera da Silva, and more recently ascendant stars such as Makinti Napanangka, Mark Bradford and Jadé Fadojutumi.

This exhibition includes work that takes us to creation – poetic worlds, incantations, subtle observances, translations of experience, but above all to a way of working that is close to the act of making. This way of working fumbles through the material, risking success and failure with the turn of a brush, or the reassurance or betrayal of a line. Invention is at the heart of this activity; the wonder of a new world emerging, different from that which has gone before.

There are mysteries here: the emotional impact of pigment or the novel form, the here and now and the everywhere, the appeal to the beyond. These works also speak of the possibility of immanence – that which
dwells in and remains in the work; of another being amongst beings. Material presence and play is important to this process – the mysteries of paint as experience, powerful for the viewer as much as the painter. The inventiveness and poetics of the work here draws the viewer in, to look closer, ponder, wonder, reflect, meditate. Here there are worlds within worlds, every room an everywhere. Klee allows us, (again from his 1918 diaries) in this emphasis on the generative possibilities of the creative act, to be able “to dissolve into the whole of creation”.

~ Andrew Hewish

 

 

Artworks for sale
Phil Goss
Restaurant
£900
Phil King
The Raft (after Gericault)
£1,100
Rosie McGoldrick
Trophey 1
£800
Rosie McGoldrick
Zurau Aphorism 16
£800
Jaime Valtierra
Pitfield Street
£350
Andrew Hewish
Rêverie I
£2,100
Andrew Hewish
Rêverie II
£2,100
Laura White
Spurt 4
£2,000
Laura White
Spurt 3
£2,500
Laura White
Spurt 2
£5,000
Laura White
Spurt 1
£6,000
Sharon Leahy-Clark
A Charmer's Spell 1
£200
Sharon Leahy-Clark
A Charmer's Spell 11
£200
Sharon Leahy-Clark
A Charmer's Spell 10
£200
Sharon Leahy-Clark
A Charmer's Spell 9
£200
Sharon Leahy-Clark
A Charmer's Spell 6
£200
Sharon Leahy-Clark
A Charmer's Spell 4
£200
Alex Gough
Wilderness in Paint #226
£1,000
Anna Von Oosterom
Untitled
£650
Jaime Valtierra
Nest
£850
Charlotte Winifred Guérard
Index
£300
Charlotte Winifred Guérard
Peak
£300
Henry Ward
Curl
£600
Diane Howse
Before Then
£900
Diane Howse
Storm Elektron
£900
Diane Howse
Light Weighting
£1,350
Whitney Jade Halsted
Dombo 2
£380
Whitney Jade Halsted
Dombo 4
£750
Virginia Verran
Orange-Red (Outside)
£900
Virginia Verran
Orange-Red (Outside)
£900
Diane Howse
So Glow
£825
Diane Howse
Falling Still
£1,750
Eugenie Vronskaya
Night Gardner
£1,200
Sharon Leahy-Clark
A Charmer's Spell 3
£200
Sharon Leahy-Clark
A Charmer's Spell 2
£200
Sharon Leahy-Clark
A Charmer's Spell 7
£200
Eugenie Vronskaya
The Stag Park Farm
£1,200
Henry Ward
Marrow
£600
Henry Ward
Oyster
£600
Mark Wright
Twilight I
£1,500
Mark Wright
Twilight II
£1,500
Phil Goss
Tripping on Roots
£1,200
Phil Goss
Coffee Table
£900
Phil Goss
Island Come True
£2,800
Sharon Leahy-Clark
A Charmer's Spell 5
£200
Phil King
Dog's Life
£1,100
Katie Trick
Bont fawr, Pontrhydyfen
£685
Katie Trick
Awaken
£405
Phil Goss
Sunken City
£900
Phil Goss
Tempest
£900
Phil Goss
Plane Tree
£900
Phil Goss
Horse
£900
Phil Goss
Marching Men
£900
Sarah Lederman
Clary Sage
£1,100
Sarah Lederman
Untitled
£1,300
Henry Ward
Scene
£600
Laurence Noga
Soft Green Filtered Turquoise (EMI)
£600
Laurence Noga
Double Turquoise filtered Yellow (2177)
£600
Tommaso Gorla
Untitled
£450
Tommaso Gorla
Untitled
£600
Holly Mills
Blue Smoke Leaps
£575
Holly Mills
Something is caught, but nothing is kept
£650
Holly Mills
The Dog....?
£500
Holly Mills
To slip under
£500
Andrew Hewish
Rêverie IV
£2,100
Lindsay Mapes
Burgundy Kind of Night
£1,300
Lindsay Mapes
All Twisted Up
£2,700
Showcase
Alex Gough 1
Andrew Hewish 3
Anna Von Oosterom 1
Charlotte Winifred Guérard 2
Diane Howse 5
Eugenie Vronskaya 2
Henry Ward 4
Holly Mills 4
Jaime Valtierra 2
Katie Trick 2
Laura White 4
Laurence Noga 2
Lewis Baxter 2
Lindsay Mapes 2
Mark Wright 2
Phil Goss 9
Phil King 2
Rosie McGoldrick 2
Sarah Lederman 2
Sharon Leahy-Clark 10
Tommaso Gorla 2
Virginia Verran 2
Whitney Jade Halsted 2

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