From Gesture to Geometry
Theresa Poulton, Rachael Clewlow, Ulla Pedersen, Lorraine Lawler, Francesca Simon, Sarah Cooney.
1st September – 29th September 2022
The practice of non-objective painting that erupted in the early 20th century was soon divided into two camps; gestural abstraction, that built upon the loose compositions of the post-impressionists, and geometric abstraction, that was inspired by Euclidean geometric shapes and rejected the notion of gesture and the trace of the artist’s hand.
The opposing lineages of both the refined vocabulary of geometrically organised forms and the painterly gestural signature of the artist remain today and reflect a deeper philosophical understanding of human behaviour.
This exhibition revisits the conversation to explore the contemporary attitudes of artists from both factions and of those who use both approaches.