GROUP SHOW

REBECCA BYRNE | SOO EUN BAIK | GEORGE LITTLE
9 November - 6 December 2012

Group Show


REBECCA BYRNE | SOO EUN BAIK | GEORGE LITTLE

9 November - 6 December 2012


The Art Cabin is pleased to present an exhibition featuring work from Rebecca Byrne, Soo Eun Baik and George Little.

Rebecca Byrne uses a mixed media of paint, thread and wax on linen canvas. She places her audience within a labyrinth of interior spaces and navigates us through undefined rooms and hallways. Byrnes consistently resists the temptation to include objects within her spaces leaving them stark and cavernous but through her language of painting she enables these rooms to feel uncannily occupied. Her range of colour from cool to vivid underpins a hidden dialogue for us to determine. Dusty greys and luminous reds line up effortlessly next to each other to establish the mood for the environments. Teasing you into a false sense of familiarity with the imagined spaces, she leaves you poised and wanting more.

Soo Eun Baik’s paintings explore imagined landscapes. Through abstraction of perspective, form and tone she establishes a surrealistic environment rich in fantasy. Her paintings articulate the transient nature of our internal and external worlds and how they can become intertwined within one another so effortlessly. The translucent quality of her medium, watercolour, is vital to her methodology, enabling her to layer and blend the imagery, mirroring a fragile line between the inside and outside space.

George Little adopts a self-determined but also representational method reminiscent of post-war paintings. He uses a combination of qualities from both Frank Auerbach’s chaotically ordered paintings and Sergio Camargo’s geometric surfaces. The distinct abstractions that thread through all of his work give you an illusion of a fragmented space, leaving you grappling with a range of associations from the iconography and motifs he uses. His choice of a somewhat sombre palette with intensified fractures of brilliant colour reiterates and compounds the disjointed atmosphere. His paintings feel like mementos of imagined times and spaces – an archive of a treasured past.

Each artist in this show chooses to luxuriate in the possibilities and boundaries of abstraction. Although there is one more fundamental character; they all possess the unique ability to captivate their viewer and resonate with them a sense of place whether it is fictional or non-fictional. Through each of their own narratives they encapsulate what it means to understand and reconnect with our own environments.

Rebecca Byrne, Soo Eun Baik and George Little are part of a growing pool of contemporary painters who are brave enough to story-telling and narrative through abstraction and so far they are being very successful in doing so.