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Mapping The Abstract Exhibition

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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When Beers Become Abstract
mapping the abstract, beers lambert, gallery
Photo by Oskar Proctor

Originally a Canadian gallery, Beers.Lambet moved to London in 2010, and represents the contemporary art scene by raising relevant issues through thematic, aesthetic, and political concepts. The work displayed is thought provoking but not always easy to understand, as can be seen in their latest exhibition, Mapping the Abstract, which is running until the 21st September.

Representing three artists who have taken a fresh perspective to abstract art, Benjamin Brett, Blake Daniels, and Robert Fry turn their paintings into narratives.

Narratives can probably be seen most clearly in Blake Daniels's work. Although this is an abstract art exhibit, I think the Chicago born artist's oil paintings fall more into the category of impressionism. Human figures - however fragmented - can be easily outlined by the human eye. For example, in AG Pleez Deddy (2012), you can clearly see a grotesque figure of a man lying in bed with a cigarette in his oversized hand.

Robert Fry also paints clearly defined humanoid figures. I say 'humanoid' because some appear to fall into the category of 'beast', such as what looks like a silhouette of a minotaur in Red 2. He also paints skeletons and other half formed figures, which when combined with his use of black and dark purples, creates a morbid tone. His paintings are almost Darwinian, reminding me of the scene where an ape steadily goes through different stages as it evolves into a man.

Benjamin Brett relies more on geometric shapes, with less emphasis on the subject matter. Many of his oil works could be compared to children doodling on the walls of their home; they do not appear to be directly related to one another, but are more a flood of creative 'free painting' - just letting the brush do the work, and seeing what the end result is.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 21st September
Phone: 44(0)2075029078
Where: Beers. Lambert
Cost: Free
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