in the shape
works by Richard Stone
18 June - 4 July 2015
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Richard Stone's work is all about
contradictions – in media, in ideas, and in artistic intentions.
Through both painting and sculpture he explores two conflicting
forces that create a continual tension in the field of art: the
accumulation and endurance of cultural heritage, versus the need
for new creation and artistic progress.
Stone takes antique artefacts
as a point of focus, using old paintings and sculptures as both
a reference and as the physical support for his own works. His
paintings are often antique landscapes that have been sanded
down till little remains of the scene they once represented.
He then repaints their surfaces, seeking to recreate the lost
image but finding only a misty, indeterminate scene. It is an
approach that touches on both the Turneresque tradition in English
landscape painting, and at the same time De Kooning's constantly
re-worked surfaces that seem to exist in a continual state of
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