Spoiled – Gabriel Hartley


GABRIEL HARTLEY
Spoiled

Opening Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 | 6.30 – 9.00 pm
June 6 th > July 31st, 2018


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  • Gabriel Hartley’s first exhibition with z2o Sara Zanin Gallery consists of paintings, drawings and sculptural reliefs made by the artist at the beginning of 2018 during his residency as Abbey Fellow in Painting at the British School at Rome.

    In these works the idea of spoiling something, of purposefully pushing it to the point of ruin, is celebrated as a moment in which new interpretations are forced upon an object. Hartley describes a method of creation whereby paintings are found as much as composed through patient layering and excavating – he uses an angle grinder to carve away paint, scarring the surfaces (be it canvas, wood or paper) in the process. The resulting picture plane holds scattered information, where various images and thoughts come in and out of focus. Colors advance and recede, surfaces rise and fall.

    The reliefs, made from offcuts of upholsterers furniture foam, are displayed so as to bring to mind spolia (spoils): the reused decorative sculpture found on buildings throughout Rome. There is a direct equivalence to this ancient practice of recycling and repurposing in the artist’s own process which finds echoes in Hartley’s description of the spolia as for him being somehow like thought bubbles – cartoony free-floating fragments of history.

    In this show the vibrant and diverse imagery relates to particular moments noted in Rome.  The imagery is consciously a visitor’s view of the city, but seeks to treat the city as an important protagonist that shapes a consciousness and bears testimony to a particular mind set.  An image might bring to mind a specific monument, an architectural detail, or something more banal: a cloud, a tree, a Vespa, a bowl of pasta.

    This exhibition is supported by the British School at Rome.

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    GABRIEL HARTLEY (London, UK, 1981). Lives and works in London, UK.

    EDUCATION
    2008 Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art from the Royal Academy Schools, London, UK
    2005 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, UK

    AWARDS
    2017-2018 Abbey fellow British School of Rome
    2008 Gold medal award Royal Academy Schools

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS
    2017 Plaza Plaza, Plaza Plaza, London, UK
    2016  Reliefs, Foxy Production, NY
              Light, Studio Leigh, London, UK
    2015 Lozenges. Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK
    2014 Posing. Foxy Production, New York, NY
    2013 Splays. Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
    2012 Slap. Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France
             Totaled. Foxy Production, New York, NY
    2011 NADA. A solo presentation with Foxy Production, Miami, FL
    Gabriel Hartley & Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom. Josh Lilley, London, UK
    Crimping. Arte Furini Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
    LISTE 15. A solo presentation with Foxy Production, Basel, Switzerland
    2010 Gabriel Hartley. Foxy Production, New York, NY
    2009 Gabriel Hartley. Curated by Sarah McCrory, Swallow Street, London, UK

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS
    2017 Frottage Cottage, Hopkinson Mossman, Aukland, NZ
    2016  “… ma l’amor mio non muore”,  Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi, Arezzo, Italy
             A Rose Without a ‘why’. It blooms because it blooms. Carl Freedman Gallery, London, UK
    2015 Basic Instinct. Seventeen, London, UK
Gabriel Hartley and Denise Kupferschmidt, Foxy Production, New York, NY
             Bloom. Kinman, London, UK
At the Point of Gesture. Curated by David Ryan, Wimbledon
    Space, Wimbledon College of Art, London, UK
    2014 Far In Out. Galerie Triangle Blue, Stavelot, Belgium Architecture of Enjoyment. Fokidos 21, Athens, Greece
    2013 Consommé. Kinman, London, UK
    Everything Wants to Run. Curated by Mark Jackson, Block 336, London, UK
    Open Heart Surgery. The Moving Museum, London, UK
    LʼHourloupe. Curated by David Rhoads, The Greenlease Gallery, Kansas City, MO
    The Instability of the Image. Paradise Row, London, UK
    DNA: Strands of Abstraction. Curated by Paul Sinclaire, Loretta Howard, NY
    MUDLARK. Fold Gallery, London, UK
    At The Point Of Gesture. Curated by David Ryan, Lion & Lamb Gallery, London, UK
    Something New. Josh Lilley, London, UK
    2012 Changing States of Matter. Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
    East West Shift To The Middle, Part 2. Bill Brady KC, Kansas City, MO
    2011 Friendship of the Peoples. Simon Oldfield, London, UK Young London. V22, London, UK
    Rearrange your face. Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow, Scotland
    2010 Casa Fantasma. Fluxia, Milan, Italy
Newspeak: British Art Now. Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
             Fine Things to Be Seen. Curated by Tom Juneau and Ben Street, Kensal Green Cemetery,
    London, UK
             Who Loves The Sun. Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MI
    TAG: From 3 to 36: New London Painting. Brown, London, UK
    2009 Studio Voltaire Presents. Curated by Sarah McCrory, Boltelang, Zurich, Switzerland
    Abstract Abstract. Foxy Production, New York, NY
    Jerwood Contemporary Painting Prize. Jerwood Space, London, UK
    Five Brothers in Seven Sisters. Backlit Gallery, Nottingham, UK
    2008 Bloomberg New Contemporaries. A Foundation, Liverpool; Club Row, London, UK
    John Moores Painting Prize. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
    Royal Academy Schools Summer Show. Royal Academy, London, UK
    Painting Show. Parade Space, London, UK
Peles Collection. Peles Empire, London, UK
    2007 Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Club Row, London; Cornerhouse, Manchester; The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK
    Premiums. Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK Touch. Chelsea Future Space, London, UK


  • La prima mostra personale dell’artista britannico Gabriel Hartley presso gli spazi di z2o Sara Zanin Gallery presenta un ampio corpus di lavori tra cui dipinti, disegni e rilievi scultorei che l’artista ha realizzato durante il suo soggiorno a Roma agli inizi del 2018 come Abbey Fellow in Pittura presso la British School at Rome.

    L’idea sottesa a questa serie di opere è quella di ricercare il punto di rottura, spingendosi intenzionalmente fino al concetto stesso di rovina. La possibilità è quella di forzare nuove interpretazioni rivolte ad uno specifico oggetto. In questo modo, Hartley porta avanti un processo creativo attraverso cui i dipinti vengono formalizzati a partire da un paziente lavoro di scavo stratificato: per questo motivo l’artista impiega una smerigliatrice angolare per intagliare la vernice, imprimendo così le superfici – che si tratti di tela, legno o carta. Il risultato è quello di un piano dell’immagine in cui forme e pensieri si sfocano progressivamente. Le superfici assumono una dimensione materica in cui i colori avanzano e retrocedono.

    I rilievi, ricavati dai materiali di risulta delle imbottiture dei mobili, sono concepiti con l’intento di riportare alla mente le antiche spolia, ovvero le sculture decorative di reimpiego utilizzate sulla maggior parte degli antichi edifici romani. Esiste un’equivalenza diretta tra questa antica pratica di riutilizzo e quella proposta dall’artista all’interno del proprio processo, che trova eco nella descrizione di Hartley delle spolia come bolle di pensiero – ovvero frammenti di storia che fluttuano liberamente.

    L’artista ricrea un immaginario vibrante ed eterogeneo ispirato a particolari momenti annotati durante il suo soggiorno romano. Questo universo simbolico rispecchia in maniera puntuale lo sguardo di un visitatore sulla città, e mira al contempo a trattare la città come una importante protagonista che modella la coscienza di chi la fruisce e ne testimonia la mentalità. Incorporando il monumentale e l’ordinario, le opere di Gabriel Hartley possono riportare alla mente un monumento specifico così come un dettaglio architettonico, oppure qualcosa di più banale come una nuvola, un albero, una Vespa, un piatto di pasta.

    Questa mostra è supportata dalla British School at Rome.

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    GABRIEL HARTLEY (Londra, 1981) vive e lavora a Londra.
    Ha conseguito un BA in Fine Art al Chelsea College of Art and Design di Londra e un Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art alle Royal Academy Schools di Londra.

    MOSTRE PERSONALI
    2016 Reliefs, Foxy Production, New York
            Gabriel Hartley, Studio Leigh, Londra
    2015 Lozenges, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Londra
    2014 Posing, Foxy Production, New York
    2013 Splays, Brand New Gallery, Milano
    2012 Slap, Praz-Delavallade, Parigi
             Totaled, Foxy Production, New York
             Barb, Horatio Jr., Londra
    2011 NADA, A solo presentation with Foxy Production, Miami
            Gabriel Hartley & Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom, Josh Lilley, Londra
            Crimping, Arte Furini Contemporanea, Roma
            LISTE 15, A solo presentation with Foxy Production, Basilea, Svizzera
    2010 Gabriel Hartley, Foxy Production, New York
    2009 Gabriel Hartley, curated by Sarah McCrory, Swallow Street, Londra

    MOSTRE COLLETTIVE
    2016 A Rose Is Without a ‘Why’. It Blooms Because It Blooms, Carl Freedman Gallery, Londra
    2015 Basic Instinct, Seventeen, Londra
             Gabriel Hartley and Denise Kupferschmidt, Foxy Production, New York
             Bloom, Kinman, Londra
             At the Point of Gesture, a cura di David Ryan, Wimbledon Space, Wimbledon College of Art,
    Londra
    2014 Far In Out, Galerie Triangle Blue, Stavelot
             Architecture of Enjoyment, Fokidos 21, Atene
    2013 Consommé, Kinman, Londra
    Everything Wants to Run, a cura di Mark Jackson, Block 336, Londra
    Open Heart Surgery, The Moving Museum, Londra
    LʼHourloupe, a cura di David Rhoads, The Greenlease Gallery, Kansas City
    The Instability of the Image, Paradise Row, Londra
    DNA: Strands of Abstraction, a cura di Paul Sinclaire, Loretta Howard, New York
    At The Point Of Gesture, curated by David Ryan, Lion & Lamb Gallery, Londra
    Something New, Josh Lilley, Londra
    2012 Changing States of Matter, Brand New Gallery, Milano
             East West Shift To The Middle, Part 2, Bill Brady KC, Kansas City
    2011 Friendship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield, Londra
             Young London, V22, Londra
    2010 Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, Londra
             Fine Things to Be Seen, curated by Tom Juneau and Ben Street, Kensal Green Cemetery,
    Londra
    Who Loves The Sun, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit
    2009 Studio Voltaire Presents, curated by Sarah McCrory, Boltelang, Zurigo
            Abstract Abstract, Foxy Production, New York

     



 



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