Juan Araujo's Double Oval Detail, 2019

Juan Araujo
Double Oval Detail, 2019

Painting

Oil on canvas?

9.5 x 13 in

Unique

Stephen Friedman Gallery

Framed 15 x 19 in

For his 2019 solo exhibition at PEER, London, Juan Araujo has created a new series of paintings, works on paper and multimedia works that are based on photographs taken during his research visits to the Henry Moore Foundation in Perry Green, Hertfordshire and the Barbican Centre, London in early 2018. These two sources allowed the artist to explore how various expressions of modernist histories can be read through art and architecture, and the numerous connections that arise as a result.

In ‘Double Oval Detail’ Araujo presents an image of the surface of Henry Moore’s monumental sculpture ‘Double Oval’. The sculpture’s surface is rendered in intimate, close-up detail, with the scratches on its patina greatly magnified. It was during this painstaking process that Araujo discovered another image beginning to emerge, one which recalled elements of a seascape by JMW Turner. This surprising association between two works by very different British artists is echoed in a quote by Moore discussing Turner’s talent as a painter, from which Araujo chose the title of his exhibition at PEER.

As Moore commented, “Turner – whether on canvas or on paper – can create almost measurable distances of space and air – air that you can draw, in which you can work out what the section through it would be. The space he creates is not emptiness; it is filled with ‘solid’ atmosphere.”

Framed 15 x 19 in

For his 2019 solo exhibition at PEER, London, Juan Araujo has created a new series of paintings, works on paper and multimedia works that are based on photographs taken during… more

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