As 2013 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the past year. We have an exciting roster of exhibitions lined up for our new London gallery in Fitzrovia and will have our first inaugural exhibition in our London project space. Our Zurich gallery will mark its final exhibition with acclaimed Japanese sculptor Akiko Sato.
Marking the Zurich gallery’s final exhibition, the Japanese sculptor Akiko Sato has dedicated the last twenty years to an in-depth exploration of the manifold notions and concepts of time. Her sculptures in marble, granite, alabaster or onyx give tangible forms to these abstract concepts. Viewing the sculptures from all sides and exploring their forms and surfaces by touch triggers forgotten memories and experiences. In her works a linear understanding of time is replaced by a completely open approach to past, present and future where apparent symmetries are broken by juxtapositions and intervals of time and space. The metamorphosis from sand to stone and eventually back to dust is a constant reminder of the ephemerality of time.
Marwan Sahmarani, Untitled, 2013, Oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm
In Black Moon, we see Sahmarani’s renewed focus on the medium of oil paint itself. "I've been working with oil for twenty years," says Sahmarani, "and it is only in the last two years that I feel I have really had a breakthrough." From simple compositions of defined lines and graphic figures, Sahmarani’s paintings have transformed. A looser brush stroke dissolves into a symphony of colour not unlike those found in his new home by the Mediterranean. Over the years, defined figures and human shapes have dissipated to make way for freer forms and a bolder application of colour. The smooth, flat surface on his canvas has given way to swathes of thick impasto, the texture of his painting taking physical form as a tangible being, with abstract patterns and heavy brush strokes revealing the images lying within.
Lisa Ross Unrevealed, Site 3 (Ladder on Horizon), 2009, archival pigment prints on cotton paper, 71 x 107 cm
LONDON – PROJECT SPACE Lisa Ross Behind the Dunes 9 January – 31 January 2014 Exhibition Preview
Marking the first show in the gallery’s new Project Space, Behind the Dunes draws its inspiration from a 10-year project on which artist Lisa Ross worked in and around the Taklamakan Desert of China’s far northwest. Here Ross reveals a little known religious tradition in Xinjiang China with its desert shrines to Sufi saints and Muslim pilgrimage sites. Ross discovered wind-battered markers, personal prayers and devotional shrines composed of branches, ladders, cloth and amulets. Her photographs are unassuming and quiet; people are never present and the objects she captures – stone on sand, cloth on stone, the skeleton of a dried animal – have an incandescent glow, as if lit by another sun. Unveiled in Ross’s photographic works is the meditative and spiritual power of landscape, as well as a sense of the sacred with which it is imbued.
The Project Space will feature a selection of Ross’s photographs, while copies of her new book, Living Shrines of Uyghur China, will be available for signing by the artist.