An array of environments span this iconic collection from the ‘speculative environments’ of Caragh Thuring’s art to the changing seasons of David Hockney’s iPad drawings. Within these different landscapes appear nods to Surrealism and Minimalism, all collected with a distinct attention to material and composition.
The architectural nature of Caragh Thuring’s Physologie de la Toilette and Carol Rama’s Luogo e Segni, Ancora boast a fascinating conversation. Rama’s unique incorporation of construction materials – metal shavings, rubber, valves – is mirrored in the structural vignettes on Thuring’s canvas. Painting directly on raw linen, Thuring creates her speculative environments, which ask the viewer to recruit their imagination and seek their own meaning in what they see. Her works showcase an ongoing fascination with the mechanics behind construction, cranes and wires burst through into the vignettes. Whilst Rama draws on the environment of her childhood within the factory; her father was a manufacturer in the engineering industry. Both Rama and Thuring treat the canvas as a blueprint, constructing unique architectural environments, transcending the limitations of paint.
Works by David Hockney and Thilo Heinzmann represent new paths for material and creation. In The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 - 23 April, David Hockney embraces technology, the iPad screen becomes the new canvas, the digital strokes of the finger replace the paintbrush. Whilst Thilo Heinzmann breaks down material to its original form in O. T., he disperses the pigment over the canvas to leave an imprint – colour in its purest form. The collection seamlessly ties together formal and technological innovations that push the boundaries of painting.
Lukas Duwenhögger’s Promises, Promises and Carol Rama’s Maschere reveal surrealist worlds, creatures that excite and intrigue. Duwenhögger’s scene contains an enchanting juxtaposition; a sumptuous seascape envelops the background, but at the forefront the two figures are depicted with bizarre bodily proportions. Whilst Carol Rama’s painting fuses a surrealist scenario with distinctly avant-garde brushwork both artists combine technical skill with a constant urge to push their themes into captivating new territories.
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