Andy Harper - THE VISITORS

20th April 6th May 2007

319 Gallery, 319 Portobello Road, London. W10 5SY. View Map


OPEN - Wednesday to Sunday 12 - 7pm
Or by appointment, contact +44 (0)7886127535

Illuminate Productions are pleased to present a new painting installation by British artist Andy Harper.

The title of the exhibition 'The Visitors' is taken from the 1961 science fiction novel 'Solaris', by Stanislaw Lem. The story takes us on a journey of strange occurrences that happen around the fictitious planet Solaris. Harper's painting installation suggests this journey, revealing multiple layers and contrasting narratives. Material manifestation and unconscious experience underpin much of the work in the exhibition.

Performed from memory, that is more physical than cerebral, the paintings are a myriad of marks. In the large-scale painting 'The Visitor' (Harper's largest to date), the transition of paint from left to right, evokes both a world evolving and transcendental states.

"Andy Harper's paintings broadly reference nature but are equally a species of engineering and transformation. It is the very process of painting, of instinctual mark-making, that produces his non-mimetic plants and natural forms glowing crimson seedpods, uncannily smooth and identical leaves. Yet if figurative painting sublimates a god complex, this deity is not beatific one; these packed and pressured surfaces engender an airlessness which leaves the viewer little breathing space, an alienated world with no 'outside'". Martin Herbert, CORE, October 2006.

VENUE: 319 Portobello Rd, London. W10 5SY
TRANSPORT: Ladbroke grove or Notting Hill tube.
PRESS ENQUIRES: call +44 (0)7886127535.



A unique sound-scape will accompany the exhibition. A collaboration between Andy Harper, James McArthur and Millimetre.



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