Patrick Howlett, you may gather/a kind of absurdity/if you see her, 2012, pencil crayon, distemper, oil, oil stick, linen and wood on linen, 169 x 169 cm (courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery)
Robert Linsley blogs about an exhibition of paintings by Patrick Howlett recently on view at Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Linsley writes: "Howlett’s line is very Klee-like in that it thinks as it moves, and probably the most important effect of the show for me was that it pushed me further off my position on straight lines. Straight lines or shapes with straight edges are hardly unusual in abstraction, but I don’t use ‘em, and have a bit of an allergy to the same. Like everything else, including reliefs made of cut-out panels, it’s what you do with them that counts."
Nelkin writes that "The exhibition explores the creative relationship between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson... When Nicholson first visited Mondrian's studio in 1934 he had to rest in a café afterwards to try to take in what he had just seen – the elegant serenity of the works, the ambience of the studio and the energy of Mondrian himself. This visit marked the beginning of a fascinating friendship that lasted until Mondrian’s death."
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