7 MAY - 20 JUNE 2010
Inhabited by feelings of
recognition, Charles Mason’s work is tinted by physical and psychological
implications resulting from a reflexion on the surface and the structure.
Following from his earlier sculptural practice, his work recalls a certain
feeling of loss; a familiarity both generated and revealed by an affinity
towards the ready-made. Initially using fragmented and partially broken
and repaired objects, Mason has continued to introduce in his sculptural
practice the use of construction materials such as foam, tiles, concrete
and other scaffolding elements. Embodying both a formal and architectural
spirit, these new components reconsider as well as reinforce the intrinsec
playful expression of the artist’s work. Notions of equilibrium,
weight and matter are essentiel components in Mason’s minimalist
works; and where even the two-dimensional works take on a sculptural
approach in the way that the objects represented are purely outlined
within a space.
In his research of a new formal vocabulary, Charles Mason’s work evolves naturally through the practices of drawing and photography and in which the economy of means as well as a subtle irony assume here their full meaning. Taking the shape of a repeatedly drawn oblong form in perspective, “Wall drawing (camera della morte) 2010” generates an optically shallow space through its positioning and orientation as a wall frieze. Reinforced by a palindromic phenomenon, the artificiality and disorientation formely present in Mason’s use of Perspex screens – where the light is reflected and absorbed into an enclosed chamber - is also echoed here in the drawing.
Mason was born in 1962 in the UK. He lives and works in London.
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