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Welcome to the website of British artist Jonathan Parsons

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Jonathan Parsons is known for the diversity of his practice, which includes installation, sculpture, found objects, drawing, painting and fabrication. He was selected for the British Art Show 5 (2000) and was one of the youngest artists to be included in the notorious Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts (1997), which toured to Berlin and New York. He co-curated Seeing Round Corners for Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016), which attracted more than 150,000 visitors. Recent solo exhibitions include: New Paintings, New Art Projects, London (2014) and Zed’s Dead, Loewe Contemporary, London (2012). Recent group exhibitions include: Imperfect Reverse, Camberwell Space Projects, London (2016), Mechanical Abstract, Turps Gallery, London (2016), Geographies, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan (2015), Mind the Map, London Transport Museum (2012), Meanwhile, John Hansard Gallery (2012), The Art of Mapping, TAG Fine Arts, London (2011) and the Jerwood Sculpture Prize, Jerwood Space, London (2007).

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ABSTRACT REMIX


Adrian Esparza | Joachim Grommek | Markus Linnenbrink | Jonathan Parsons

Jan van der Ploeg | Markus Weggenmann | Beat Zoderer


New Art Projects, London


7 Jul 2017 – 26 Aug 2017


Thomas Taubert and Fred Mann are delighted to present a group show exploring the contemporary nature of abstraction. The two galleries have observed each other’s programs over the years and now seek to place works by their artists alongside each other.


The impetus for the exhibition is a comparison between two artists with a very different practice. Jonathan Parsons and Markus Linnenbrink. Parsons at his last show at New Art Projects explored color by expanding the palette of color theory and creating a series of works that questioned it. Linnenbrink often uses a photographic base to his works and then imposes color on top or creates a flawless surface, which he then drills into to reveal layers of contrasting color poured beneath.


They are joined by an international group of artists who explore both color and abstraction in a multitude of different ways: Adrian Esparza pulls colored threads between nails driven into perfect white frames to create geometric webs of color that play off each other. Joachim Grommek creates a flawless surface of enamel that resembles a painter’s process, areas appear ‘masked off’ and edges are pristine. Jan van der Ploeg uses acrylic to make formal abstractions where a repeated shape contrasts color across flat rendered canvasses. Markus Weggenmann creates a less formal surface; stepping away from a human gesture the paintings seem poured onto the surface in enamel or distemper, creating luscious pools of color. Beat Zoderer moves beyond a flat canvas by shaping and constructing aluminum coated with enamel into shapes that extend the boundaries of painting.


Together these artists constitute an in depth survey of contemporary abstraction that is being made in a multitude of different ways employing differing mediums and methods. Installed at New Art Projects the works play off each other in new and inventive ways, creating fresh dialogs about surface the human mark and color.


Jonathan Parsons

Paris, Rome, Berlin, Madrid

2015

enamel on birch ply structure

126 x 174 x 2.5 cm