|William Stein ~ 6 - 28 march 2009
| studio 1.1
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Private view: Thursday 5th March, 6 - 9pm
Crepidious steps forward, his brain feels soft in its hard shell.
He is led up and into the pile. The wood. The earth. The mud.
He peers out from this place, distinct and invisible. He sits and watches. A few muttered words leave his hole. They find their victim, who is superbly nonplussed. And why should it be otherwise? Words come and go.
Into holes and back out.
There's a powerful discrimination at work in these new paintings of William Stein's; where another painter, abstract or not, might be concerned with what to include in a picture, what colours and motifs to combine, Stein's focus can be seen as trained in the opposite direction: the question for him is far more what to leave out, or what, once it has been included, to hide. Colours are muted, motifs are few and simple, repeated from picture to picture. Against areas of darkness or smooth chalk gesso, 'solid' shapes are blocked out and take part in a geometry that only sometimes and by accident makes sense. Massing a slow and painterly architectonics, Stein provides a subtle contemporary take on classical constructivism.
William lives and works in London, and is currently studying for an MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art.
For more information or images contact:
Michael Keenan on 07952 986 696