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Benjamin Deakin:Seeking News From Nowhere

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 to Saturday, 21 April 2018
Thursday, 22 March 2018 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm

The Concept Space is pleased to present "Seeking News From Nowhere" an exhibition of works by artist Benjamin Deakin. This solo show explores the notion that search for a utopian environment for living is possibly a dystopian one in itself with the deconstruction and reconstruction of our depth perception within a space.

Deakin's work with its complex blend of environments is laced with architectural sensibilities reflecting a world that may seem dystopian or halfway to utopia depending on your perspective from a threshold. This is the main interest of his practice and  here lies the contradiction in the quest for the idealised utopia. There is a reference to the work of the nineteenth century English architect and writer William Morris' novel 'News From Nowhere' in the research for the paintings. Exploring the hybrid of the built / artificially constructed and the natural environment at the very intersection which they collide or rather fuse. The suggestion of nature's struggle and turn against the humanly constructed environment or even its reclamation through the ruins is avoided. We are presented with the point at which there is a momentary equal partnership - hybrid, threshold and land of nowhere. This intersection between the urban and the natural is highlighted with Deakin's signature dissolving effect. A re-imagining of the utopia of ruins rather than the expected dystopian viewscape.

The technique and tonal sensibility employed in these works serves to draws in the viewer with a pallette of pastel tones, mellow, soft and soothing hues that conjure up a sense of near-neutral yet heightened Romantism of nineteenth century traditional landscape paintings. Even with his observations and investigation into the so-called 'edgelands' of abandoned railways, industrial scrubland or retail parks, Deakin attempts to dissolve these in his painting by creating spaces with a sense vulnerability.

In the painting 'Navigator' we witness the state of an artificial giant cube juxtaposed against natural rocky planes as that very volume dissolving through a secondary plane creating an oscillation in the perceived distance and depth. These conflicting vanishing points lends itself to Deakin's continued exploration of thresholds. On the other hand, in the 'Multiplier' the perception of distance constantly shifts through the destabilisation of the flat illusionary surface. The entire environment seem to be dissolving into a single matter as the internal wasteland ruin merges with the external natural environment. Nature providing the melting draping curtains over the artificial man-made intervention of brick wall and interior ruins. This paradox is a consistent strand in Deakin's paintings.

Overall, these pictures of hybrid spaces seem to suggest that what is perceived as reality is only a projection of our imagination, alluding to the fact that the quest for Utopia is one that can probably never be realised.



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Artist ( Description ): 

Benjamin Deakin (b. 1977) received an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in 2006. Lives and work in London.

Venue ( Address ): 

7 Spa Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 3QP, United Kingdom

Other shows from The Concept Space

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Benjamin Deakin:Seeking News From Nowhere
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