Jonathan Gabb at A Brooks Art
OPERA Rose, an exhibition of work by London based artist Jonathan Gabb, is on display at A Brooks Art until November 16, 2013.
Opera Rose is an electric pink acrylic paint and the collective eponymous title of these new works by Gabb, which, installed in a former Victorian florist now a gallery in Hoxton Street, are a site-specific response to this regenerated space.
These works are unexpected. They are created with a sincere and deliberate misuse of paint. They question the paint’s function, yet the process is generated from the potential of the medium. They represent a metamorphosis – from a two dimensional backdrop to grand gestures in the three-dimensional.
They are abstract and complex investigations into colour, light and form within a space but are intended at the same time to be celebratory. As Gabb explains:
“With a painting, people expect paint on a canvas or pigment in liquid on a flat surface, I’m trying to do something different. I want to transform it into something else – the paint is freed from a fixed surface and can be viewed as an object.”
Jonathan Gabb is an artist who has been exploring the idea of paint as an object since graduating from Cass school of art at London Metropolitan University in 2008. Winner of the WW Solo award 2012, Gabb had his first solo exhibition at the WW Gallery in January 2013. He has also participated in a number of group exhibitions at the Islington Arts Factory, the Royal College of Art and at the Gallery Miroslav Kraljevic.
A Brooks Art, 194-196 Hoxton Street, London, N1 5LH