Richard Colman "Noise" @ V1 Gallery, CopenhagenJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014
We got to spend a ton of time with SF-based Richard Colman at Art Basel in Miami, as Richard helped design the poolside vibes at the Shore Club South Beach. Aka, he transformed the pool chairs into a Colman vision. Now, the artist is set to open "Noise" at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, his third solo exhibition at the gallery. We have a look at a few paintings for you to preview in advance of the opening... .
Intense, vibrating, elusive and overwhelming, Noise, the new body of work from Richard Colman is bold. The combination of intricate composition and bright palette leaves your mind slightly dazed at first encounter, but taking in the 18 paintings on canvas, in various sizes, over time, themes and relations emerge.
Women, eyes, faces, bears, pottery, sculptural shapes and candles are joined and juxtapositioned in surreal geometry. The paintings are vessels for structure and chaos. They are contemporary in both composition and palette and at the same time ancient Greek in narrative and figure. They are strange vessels, immediate and complex at once. Instead of postulating or enforcing an order, the works seem to coexist with and navigate within chaos. A response and remedy to the constant noise surrounding us.
The new work is distinctly Richard Colman, but takes a departure from Colman’s earlier super detailed horror vacui approach to painting, a distillation of style, but not of content. Colman’s work still revolves around the human condition. Grotesque, humorous, magic, horrible, abstract, violent, sexy, mundane human existence.
February 21—March 15, 2014
V1 Gallery, Copenhagen