• 16 JANUARY — 20 FEBRUARY 2010 

'Everything Beautiful is Far Away' is a show about abstraction. The featured artists are Gino Saccone, Anami Schrijvers, Conrad Shawcross and Gert & Uwe Tobias. In the very different works of these artists, one can see a shared formalistic language and awareness of abstraction's ever present history. These are, however, definitely not abstract artists. Their works contain external, literal starting points - such as science, the self, philosophy and history - as well as figurative elements. But in their realisation, as well as our perception as viewers, they convey many possibilities and approaches to abstraction. In this group, we seek to open dialogues between the works that question our current expectations of abstract art.


Transylvanian folklore, embroidery, Constructivism, de Stijl are some of the sources that find themselves translated by Gert & Uwe Tobias into woodcut prints. These two untitled works showcase their ability to portray numerous references in a robust visual language. In one work, a ghoul-face hangs upside-down below a grid upon which flat-colour blocks, shapes and lines have been arranged. There is a playfulness and a lightness in the composition and use of colour. However, the anecdotal quotations and the stylistic features, which stretch back to early Modernism, charge their prints with the weight of history.


Anami Schrijvers follows numerous medias and possibilities in a practice which is informed by a philosophical questioning about the autonomy of an artwork. His sculpture 'Tauroctony' (2009) is formed from sheets of red industrial plastic that have been melted, bent, stretched, squashed and sealed together. His choice of polyethylene as a material offers Schrijver's the challenge of controlling this unruly material - there is a palpable tension between the physical constitution of the material and Schrijvers' intentions for it. Filled with textural detail and a tormented physicality, one can still feel the performative, expressive presence of its creation.