BRYAN SPIER Electric Paintings
LISA YOUNG Walk Forward
7 June to 13 July 2019
Sarah Scout Presents is delighted to announce solo exhibitions by gallery artists Bryan Spier and Lisa Young.
Bryan Spier’s Electric Paintings comprises a new suite of works including large-scale canvases and smaller custom-framed works, all of which feature tense negotiations of shape, colour, ground and time. Spier’s compositions are, as always, playfully mobile and invite imaginative manipulation by the viewer. In Electric Paintings this is amplified by the inclusion of time as an explicit component of the composition. Each composition is broken into a juddering montage of episodic states, as though an expansive sequence of events has been spliced into a singular moment. This creates a tessellated structure that allows Spier to play with a complex palette of colours as never before; initiating cascading, logical, and sometimes jarring combinations of hue. The resulting works have an immediate and physical sense of presence, and yet they are also committed to a reverberating and alien timescale.
With Walk Forward Lisa Young presents a suite of new textile works that have been produced over the past two years. Young’s eclectic practice spans sculpture, installation, drawing and painting, and derives from her interest in the decorative arts, architecture and interior display. For over two decades, hybrid domestic rooms and sculptural forms that reference interiors and furniture have featured in her work. Walk Forward sees the artist traversing new terrain, with a new material vocabulary and a rich colour palette reminiscent of modernist painting.
In Walk Forward Young’s core preoccupations with form and structure are evident in the brightly-hued hand stitched works, in which urban and industrial structures and modernist forms are implicit. The process of making these works is a concise meditation on the artist’s ongoing preoccupations with ambitious form and sculptural content, while the exhibition title alludes to the artist’s personal engagement with the problematics of maintaining a large-scale sculptural practice, including logistical, ethical, financial and physical concerns. It is also, of course, a directive to self