7th April - 12th May 2012
Marine Contemporary presents “On the Horizon: New Generation British Painters”, a group exhibition curated by Alexandra Ray and Catherine Loewe. “On the Horizon” showcases three distinctive figurative painters currently living and working in London: Robert Fry, Adam Dix and Hugh Mendes.
Over the last two years in London, Charles Saatchi set out again to show the world what he considered the new generation artists of our time, displayed in his impressive, touring, three part show called “Newspeak: British Art Now”. Not since his “Sensation” show in the late 1980’s, had we seen a new decade of British Contemporary art, boasting some of the most thematically complex and internationally mixed progeny, all generating their take on things since the surge of the YBA’s. Art critic Brian Sewell might argue that the YBA’s left them no useful legacy on which to build - that merely a wave of nostalgia had filled the air, in its sudden determination to hark back to Old Masters - but at large, critics were positive that Saatchi had done it again. He still had the energy to make us sit up and take note of the undeniable rousing talent from this current wave of emerging British artists.
Taking its cue from Saatchi, “On the Horizon” seeks to present three artists from this new generation. Stepping away from the shock factor stunts of the YBA’s, Fry, Dix and Mendes stand out by responding to their art historical heritage, with a more traditional painterly outlook. Leaking an undeniably British quality, their work expands on and re-invents today’s issues, exploring classicism, consumerism and the ever-growing obsession with celebrity.
Adam Dix is interested in how technology communicates to an audience held captive by its power. It is the exaggerated power we give to technological advances of our century that interests Dix, as he displays his subjects in an almost retro sci-fi manner performing rituals of religious-like worship. In fine glazes he builds scenes of group folkloric rituals upholding the modern devices of telecommunication. Families hover around satellite dishes, as if its an after dinner ritual in a cosy Ovaltine commercial.
Dix received his B.A in graphics and Illustration at Middlesex College and then an M.A at Wimbledon College of Art. Over the last 2 years Dix has participated in group shows at the Saatchi Gallery, Summaria Lunn and Haunch of Venison in London. His work is included in several collections, including those of Anita Zabludowicz, Fatima Maleki and Alisdhair Willis. This is his debut exhibition in the States.
Established in 2011 by Claressinka Anderson, Marine Contemporary focuses on vital, concept-led contemporary work in all media. The gallery has a particular focus on emerging and mid-career artists from the U.S and the U.K. Marine Contemporary is an expansion of Marine Art Salon, which was established in 2009 and continues its salon program along side Marine Contemporary, focusing on collection-based shows in the domestic setting.
See Adam Dix's prints with Other Criteria here.
More information on this exhibition at Marine Contemporary's website.