UNIT London presents Radical Presence, a new exhibition showcasing the work of 25 major international artists. The show is mounted by emerging curator Kate Linfoot, a specialist in international post-war and contemporary art, and comprises over thirty works of painting, sculpture, mixed media and light installations. The artists explore our ever-changing world through abstraction, figuration and nature using a remarkable choice of media and a diverse range of skills.
Farhad Moshiri, an Iranian artist, creates fantastical pieces by combining popular culture with Iranian tradition. The artist, having previously experimented with knife throwing, remarks that ‘new ideas are more likely to appear when you step out of your comfort zone’. However, the zany array of kitchen knives in Home Sweet Home are not thrown but instead, pressed into putty gently to convey their non-aggressive gesture.
Farhad Moshiri, Home Sweet Home (detail), 2008, Acrylic, phosphor powder colours with dissolving medium, acrylic glue and 314 knives on canvas, mounted on MDF, 169.93 x 169.93 x 59.94 cm.
Photograph: the artist and Radical Presence at Unit London
Alex Hubbard, a New York-based artist, paints in tandem with his video animations, using video stills to realise layered colour fields that are bold but also translucent in quality. Hubbard mixes resin with fibre glass tints to effect a notion of smudges on a glossy screen image.
by Miranda Charalambous
Radical Presence shows at Unit London 147 – 149 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WD until July 27, 2016
Front page image: Mike Bouchet, History Lesson 1, 2014, oil on canvas, 210 x 150 cm. Photograph © the artist and Radical Presence at Unit LondonTags: Alex Hubbard > Farhad Moshiri > Kate Linfoot > London > New York > painting > Unit London > USA > video animations