HANNAH KNOX: BUFF at Ceri Hand Gallery

20 September – 26 October 2013

Preview Thursday 19 September, 6.30 – 8.30pm

BUFF is Hannah Knox’s first solo exhibition with Ceri Hand Gallery, featuring a series of new works that utilise fabric as a ground. Reducing painting to its primary components of colour, cloth and support- they range from pink linen and black PVC to day-glo orange raw silk. The works are folded, stitched, sprayed and draped, these are paintings barely and painted barely – this is painting in the buff.

The exhibition title references the body and implies a posturing and self-awareness, promising surfaces that are seductive yet deceptive. Silver PVC canvases reference the fashion trend of impractical sports-wear in metallics and luxury fabrics, designed for swag not exercise. Works such as Sport-Luxe (a giant smoky, black and silver crumpled-looking fabric draped with chains, emanating a brooding sexiness) and Buff (an oversized t-shirt enlarged to inhabit the gallery walls) playfully reflect this trend.

Each cloth or canvas in the exhibition is selected for the possibility proffered by its material; changeable heat sensitive fabrics, reflective buffed silvers, and dark woollen fabrics folded and sprayed in sunset palettes, fluctuating between posing as luxurious silk, creased flesh and claggy animal fur. With pockets in paintings, not fit for purpose, form doesn’t follow function in this material world.

Hannah Knox was born in London in 1978 and lives and works in London. She completed her MA in painting at the Royal College of Art in 2007. Recent exhibitions include ‘Stoffbilder’, Take Courage, London, 2012; ‘Double Vision’, Lion & Lamb Gallery, London, 2012; ‘The Perfect Nude’, Wimbledon Space, Exeter Phoenix and Charlie Smith London, 2012; ‘Fade Away, Painting between representation and abstraction’, Transition Gallery, London and Gallery North, Newcastle 2011/2012; ‘The Marmite Prize for Painting’, Touring to Central Art Gallery, Tameside, Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry and The Nunnery, London, 2011/2012.

For more information or images please contact Ceri Hand ceri@cerihand.co.uk / 07891 594140

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