Tom Owen ~ 20 july - 12 august 2007
studio 1.1
london e2

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  Abstract Continuous (new paintings)

Open Friday to Sunday, 12noon - 6pm, or by appointment. an exploration of abstract painting together with: Phyllida Barlow, Richard Bateman, Yves Beaumont, Alexander Bühler, John Dougill, Clare Goodwin, Jefford Horrigan, Vanessa Jackson, Kenneth Martin, Gill Ord, Will Stein, John Summers, John Wallbank, David Ben White, and Carrie Yamaoka.

We are very pleased to present new abstract paintings by Tom Owen, a recent graduate from the Slade.

His work lies at what could be termed the mid-point of abstraction. We might want to call this pure abstraction, but we begin to discern particularities which lead us to suggest instead the provisional term GESTURAL NARRATIVE ABSTRACTION. Each brushstroke involves and engenders the next in a conversation that leaves the world outside the frame far behind. The dialogue with the viewer is begun as we follow his brush like the argument in an orchestral piece; we experience it cognitively but re-animate it almost physically, like spectators of a dance.

Without forcing another narrative we can nevertheless proceed along a makeshift continuum, exposing the delicate dialectic between shifting pairs of abstract or near-abstract work.

The vexed question of whether one moves beyond mere Abstraction to achieve a purer form in the 'Abstract' is a question that need not be answered if one accepts the line as a circularity, where seeming extremes meet. Thus the work escapes from and returns to the world that abstract art might seem to deny.

With this in mind we are presenting alongside Owen's large new canvases other works from artists we have shown or will be showing at studio 1.1. Our choices were determined also by a desire to explore approximate stages along this continuum.

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Michael Keenan on 07952 986 696