Point. Line. Plane., Hannah Barry Gallery, London, England

Tom Hackney, Chess Painting No. 17 (Smith vs. Duchamp, Paris, 1924), 2011
Gesso on canvas with oak frame
26 x 26 inches

October 28 – December 3, 2011

Artists include Kadar Brock, Lilah Fowler, Christopher Green, Tom Hackney, Nick Jeffrey, Wyatt Kahn, Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Rob Sherwood, and Viktor Timofeev.

Point. Line. Plane. is intended as a survey of current attitudes towards geometrical principles in contemporary non-objective painting and sculpture.

The show’s title is a nod to Kandinsky, and his influential treatise on the proper application of the eponymous principles. The movement of which he was a spearhead held that geometrical abstraction is the purest form of visual art composition, taking axiomatic rules rather than subjective experience as its foundation, and thereby providing access to an order and harmony inherently more stable and reliable than that provided by the fleeting subjects of ordinary experience.

Point. Line. Plane. brings together works in which the impulse towards order and harmony, as expressed through the combination of simple geometric forms or planes of colour, is reassessed, fractured or disrupted.