Jennifer Letchet Paintings

My work explores fundamental elements of painting, the relationship between colour and line. I intend my paintings to affect the viewer optically with the illusion of shapes moving and receding. Colour theory is very important to my work. I use specific hues to symbolise ideas or emotions. The contained shapes on canvases seem more like objects than lines. My recent work explores natural and man-made disasters and the impact this has on our environment. I want to record the changing landscape through simplified shapes and colours.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Review: Richard Long and Giuseppe Penone at The Haunch of Venison

Richard Long and Giuseppe Penone make for an interesting show at The Haunch of Venison.  Haunch of Vension occupy a magnificent space behind the Royal Academy.  The large grand rooms with high ceilings offset Long's sculptures brilliantly.  The land art gets lost in the expansive rooms.  The magnitude of the pieces dissolves and you can see them in relation to each other.  The space here offers greater room for dialogue between the works.  The sculptures lie in front of wall drawings and text about the landscape, further einforcing the importance of nature,and our relationship to it.

Long and Penone's work sit in different rooms, yet they flow from one to another.  Penone's work seesm more abstract and autonomous than Long.  On all four walls hangs large canvases constructed from four canvases.  At first glance, they appear to be black matte canvases with metallic paint.  Yet on a closer inspection they reveal themselves to be graphite pencil on black paper. The shapes and mark making on the paper feel organic and fluid.  They seems natural as though drawn from the landscape.  

However, the marks are more like patterns random that grow organically out of the process of drawing.  Whereas, Long's work is about land and nature foremostly, Penone's work is more about the formal elements of drawing: mark-making, line, process, colour, and materials.  The graphite on black is successful, because initially the drawings appear as abstract colour field paintings.  Yet as you walk around the space, the marks and patterns reveal themelves to the viewer as the light reflects and transforms.

On the whole this show feels really well thought out and curated.  One artist, Long, is a strong champion of landscape and nature in art, and his work has been shown alongside Penone's subtle reflection of nature through abstract two-dimensional works.  A show which requires the viewer to have time to explore and experience it. 

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