Modern Art has announced a new solo exhibition of Richard Aldrich’s work in his Helmet Row gallery. This is Aldrich’s first solo exhibition with modern art.
Richard Aldrich, The Sorrow ofwhich, 2019, enamel on dibond, 213.3 x 144.7 cm, 84 x 57 ins. © Richard Aldrich. Courtesy of the artist & Modern Art, London
Richard Aldrich’s work – painting, sculpture and drawing – escapes any category of easy interpretation. His constantly evolving formal vocabulary is as interested in the representation of figures and situations in the pictorial sense as in the hooded object of the surface itself. In his exhibitions, abstract painting techniques reminiscent of neo-expressionism rub shoulders with figurative drawings, mixed media assemblages, painted bronze sculptures and found objects. Other times, Aldrich’s paintings include sections of the canvas cut out to reveal their wooden backing, or fragments of previous works combined with spare elliptical words. References in his work span centuries of art history and popular culture. From the pictorial approaches of French Post-Impressionist artists Vuillard, Bonnard and Roussel, to contemporary musical influences such as Nina Simone and the Velvet Underground, her works reveal a set of patterns and influences that are ultimately both collectively possessed. and yet felt personally.
Aldrich’s exhibition at Modern Art will feature sculptures and paintings, old and new, made over the past decade, including a selection of recent paintings that have never been exhibited before. This non-linear selection of works is characteristic of his approach to exhibitions, and more generally of his practice. Little concerned with showing development or progression, Aldrich’s exhibitions tend rather to be a grouping of moments in time: previous works are reused as referential missives, both for passages in his life and for perspectives on culture and art. As such, time and memory become a medium to be shaped and modeled, forming the central element of Aldrich’s complex and particular sensibility in which material exploration and conceptual systems are equally important tools in his efforts to understand, organize and communicate the experience: visual, personal and historical.
Richard Aldrich September 6 – October 19, 2019 Helmet Row, EC1 Vernissage: Thursday September 5, 6-8 p.m.
About the artist
Richard Aldrich was born in 1975 in Hampton, Virginia, and lives and works in New York, NY. Personal exhibitions of Aldrich’s work have taken place in institutions such as the Musée Dhont-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2017); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, United States (2011) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, United States (2011). His work has been included in group exhibitions at museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Centro Galego de Arte Contempora? Nea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His work is part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Whitworth Art Gallery, the University of Manchester and the Smithsonian.
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