Wednesday, 16 March 2016

“Ann Kopka: Moving On Up Down Escalators”

Art Exhibition Title:  “Ann Kopka: Moving On Up Down Escalators”
Artist: Ann Kopka      Curator: Ann Kopka
Venue: Cavendish Conference Centre 22 Duchess Mews London W1G 9DT
Dates: 1 February – 27 May 2016
Viewing by appointment only. To view contact Jenny Hullock 020 7706 7700
Free admission
Nearest underground station: Oxford Circus, Great Portland Street  

A solo art exhibition of more than twenty vibrant acrylic paintings, at the award winning Cavendish Conference Centre in central London, informed by Ann Kopka’s fascination with the interaction of geometry, design and architecture in the urban environment.

Ann Kopka’s paintings in essence lean towards abstraction although deliberately hover between the representation of recognisable images and the non-traditional formal repetition of shapes and structures prevalent in abstract art.  There is a visual emphasis on exploring the relationships between structure and scale, colour and light, repetition and pattern. And the processes of deconstructing and reconstructing subject matter to articulate concepts of space produces images, which taken out of their original context, verge towards a perception of abstraction.

Translating her own altered digital images on to large canvases requires precise measurements and calculations, and is an intensive and time consuming operation. The paintings ‘grow’ through the subtle application of multiple layers of vivid acrylic colour. Colour is employed not to be representational but to convey energy, emphasise the circulation of movement and bind the network of structures together into a coherent picture. The slow development of vibrant saturated surfaces results in paintings that have an illusion of depth sometimes with distinctive three dimensional qualities contradicting the defining flatness of abstract art and yet in art historical terms allude to analytical cubism, constructivism, op-art and geometric abstraction.

Ann Kopka studied Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and the City Lit. She has studied The Practices and Debates of Modern Art and graduated with a First Class Honours degree from The Open University. She has also studied Museum Curating at Tate Modern. Ann has exhibited in London, the UK and USA. Her work is held in private collections in France, Spain, UK, USA and Australia.

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