BA (Hons) Fine Art VT Stewart Geddes is currently exhibiting at Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire.

The exhibition takes place from 8th-30th March. On the exhibition, Stewart said:

“Several years ago I started thinking about cubism again; the way it proposes the apprehension of the world via multi-viewpoints, both spatially and temporally.

At the time I was living in London and discovering my attraction to the ‘Modern Ruin’ – ruins that were only recently the last word in newness. I was attracted to how such buildings, having been relieved of their daily function, were liberated to hold new meanings. They became prompts for work, and accordingly I began to tear and scrape at the painted surface.

I began thinking about scraping and tearing when looking at Matisse. In certain paintings, particularly during the 1910s (incidentally his most Cubist phase), he uses the tip of a palette knife to scrape away areas of the most recently painted layer, in order to partially erase a form. However, this process of subtraction is not a precursor to further additions of paint, instead, the excavation is allowed to remain, sparkling and animating the painted surface. And so we oscillate between a ghostly form and startling under-surfaces.

This most recent suite of paintings are embedded in a language that seeks to combine the kinetic characteristics of Cubism and the notion of the Modern Ruin. Each painting has gone through several permutations before resolution is attained. I ‘find’ resolution through a process of negotiation: between the proposition for each painting, and the materials and processes by which they are constructed.”

For more information, visit the exhibition page on www.campdengallery.co.uk.