Terry Haggerty, Recoil, 2009
Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 180 cm
January 15 – February 27, 2010
Andreas Grimm Gallery presents a solo exhibition with new works by Terry Haggerty. Haggerty’s interest has “always been… in how we arrive at abstraction”. His works appear to play with the three-dimensional affects of trompe l’oeil and with theories of color in art and design from early in the last Century. They also refer to modern abstract iconography, in particular that of the Op Art movement of the 1950s and 60s.
His new shaped works, exhibited for the first time in this exhibition, present layers of overlapping color that distort the picture plane. Since the canvas structure of these works has been shaped slightly, the viewer perceives both the effect of the lines bending to create the shape of the canvas and the opposite; the canvas appears to make the lines bend. With the shaped works there is a sense that the illusionistic painting becomes tactile like an object or that there is an outside pressure applied to distort the rigid rectangle into a subtly curved form.
Consistent with his past work, Haggerty maintains in these paintings a focus on the dynamic gesture of line that embodies not actual objects, but rather, actions or occurrences, like letters or other symbolic abstractions. The viewer is left with an odd sense of displacement that throws the canvas out of shape. In the work “Recoil,” two bands snake together contrapuntally up the canvas creating a strong tension of a stretched, fibre-like abstraction that could spring back like a rubber band. Each of the works embodies tension, movement and gesture, all brought together into a seamlessly perfected, matte surface eliciting the tactile curiosity of all who view them.
Terry Haggerty (born 1970 in London) studied painting at the Cheltenham School of Art in Gloucestershire, Great Britain, and currently lives and works in Berlin and New York.
Following “Inside Out” in 2007, this is the second exhibition by Terry Haggerty at Andreas Grimm in Munich. Among his numerous exhibitions in Europe and the USA, Haggerty’s works were shown at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York and CCNOA, Brussels.