7 - 9 March 2019
Private View 7th of March 6:00 to 9:00PM
PQH’s inaugural project Tactile Amnesia took form in an energetic multi-media group show that explored the contemporary visual language of six early and mid-career artists based in London.
With works by Héloïse Delègue, Theresa Gößmann, Alexander James, Miriam Naeh, Lucia Pizzani, and Phillip Reeves, and curated by Charlotte Knaup, the exhibition proposed a study of how the works assume visual and physical space through their sculptural and corporeal properties. While diverse in medium, all works possess a striking commonality in their tactile quality of forms and materials. Each of the selected artists’ practices is refined but exhibits compelling spontaneity and vitality.
Tactile Amnesia showed how the artists revive traditional uses of materials such as textile, wood, oil, and terracotta, but simultaneously transgress conventional methods to formulate a novel and unique material language. Delègue, Naeh, and James achieve this by exposing the process through which their works were created to turn it into a formal statement that lets their pieces seem fleeting, light, and at times even fragile. Reeves, Pizzani, and Gößmann’s works do not share this sketch-like quality and appear more solid in their closed compositions, but nonetheless proclaim a certain dynamic through their formal language and content. There exists no clear division between content and form, suggesting that for these artists the self has become inextricable from the context in which it appears. The tactile elements of the works have become autonomous organic bodies that evoke the urge to be explored through touch. The works’ status as an art object, however, hinders the viewer from giving in to this desire and compels the audience to substitute tactile urges for visual engagement.