Private View
29.11. 6 p.m. -9 p.m.
Bartha Contemporary, London
Kate Shepherd
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Bartha Contemporary London is delighted to announce Kate Shepherd’s (USA B. 1961) first UK
solo exhibition entitled Past Tense Conditional. The exhibition will feature both recent and older
paintings, which serve as an overview of many central themes that have informed the artist’s
practice over the past two decades. An installation of paper assemblages and a site-specific
wire installation complete the presentation.
Intense colour, an exacting sense of touch, attraction to geometry and the articulation of space
are the principal aspects of Shepherd’s work. At the centre of this exhibition lies a suite of
recent paintings, which revisit some of the artist’s preceding painting series. United by the
artist’s signature white line drawings on monochromatic reflective colour fields each work
describes a clearly defined period in Shepherd’s oeuvre.
Singular confined linear forms inspired by African sculpture, geometric tile pattern, the
movements of falling rain or deconstructed architectural spaces are the basis for
these paintings. Each line, painted with oil by hand, is highly constructed in appearance yet
clearly not mechanic invite the viewer to render an imaginary space. The reflective surface of
each work draws the viewer into the picture plane while inadvertently including his or her own
image into the painting. The eye tethers between a drawn image and the outlined field. The
atmospheric of both the monochromatic background and the faint reflections of the room that
surrounds it are all pulled together into an exceptionally immersive experience.
A suite of new paper block assemblages complete the installation of Kate Shepherd’s first
exhibition at Bartha Contemporary. Derived out of repeated elongated triangular forms, both
recognizable in their foundations and also combined as larger sections, they are graphical in
appearance, but play with a language of colour studies, children’s blocks and corporate logos.
Arranged along shelves, each work part of a larger set can be turned and reconfigured.
Each arrangement reveals new surprising structures within this playful series.
Kate Shepherd has been exhibiting internationally for many years, notable recent exhibition
include “Intersections: Relation to and yet not (homage to Mondrian)” in 2010 at The Phillips
Collection in Washington DC, “And Debris” at Galerie Lelong New York in 2011 and “News from
Biathlon” at Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco earlier this year.
Shepherd’s work forms part of numerous important private and public collections across the
United States and Europe including the Albright-Know Art Gallery Buffallo, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as
well as The Phillips Collection Washington.
For further information or to receive reproduction quality images of the works exhibited please
do not hesitate to contact the gallery.