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David Austen: The Drowned 20 January–18 February 2018 | Artist’s Website



David Austen | The Drowned | 20 January–18 February 2018, Wed–Sun 12–6pm | Private View: Fri 19 January 2018, 6–9pm | 92 Webster Road, London, SE16 4DF

David Austen, The Drowned, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist and Matt’s Gallery.
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David Austen’s solo presentation, The Drowned, is the inaugural exhibition at Matt’s Gallery’s new space at Ron Henocq Fine Art, 92 Webster Road, Bermondsey. Austen’s work will be the first to occupy a 3 x 3 x 3 metre cubic gallery space specially designed for the site. Matt’s Gallery will be in residence at the studio throughout 2018 and will relocate their office operations to a newly designed workspace on the premises.

The exhibition sees the artist responding to the unique spatial constraints of a gallery space that has been designed and built in the former shop-front space of Ron Henocq’s studio. The works gathered suggest a shifting relationship between weight and weightlessness akin to moving in water.

Austen has revisited a group of drawings completed decades ago and mislaid in time. A series of watercolours have been produced in remembrance of the absent works; figures appear grounded in invisible landscapes and oblique narratives are rendered through their relationships. Austen likens the figures to “naked ghosts” – survivors or victims of some unknown tragedy.

Set alongside these, a new sculptural work floats in the space. The works dissolve into one another and into the space.

A specially commissioned text by writer Hisham Matar will accompany the exhibition.

In the coming months, Matt’s Gallery will present a rapid succession of short exhibitions and events at 92 Webster Road. The Gallery’s practice of working with artists of different generations will continue with an open ended, vibrant and responsive programme of artists presentations and guest-curated shows. This domestic space, including a garden, marks a shift away from the warehouse spaces Matt’s Gallery has worked in to date, while maintaining its close connection with the artists’ studio as a site of production and display. The gallery and office have been designed by Director Robin Klassnik’s son, architect Tomas Klassnik of the architectural practice The Klassnik Corporation.

The Drowned marks the first instalment of this programme and will be open for one month. It will be followed by an exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Magill running February 23 to March 4 2018, after which the gallery will present an on-going series of ten-day shows.

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The Drowned is commissioned by Matt’s Gallery, and generously supported by Arts Council England.


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Biography
Born Harlow, Essex 1960 Lives and works in London. Studied 1978-81 Maidstone College of Art, Kent, 1982-85 Royal College of Art Selected Solo Exhibitions 2019 David Austen, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee Scotland, UK (forthcoming) 2018 David Austen, The Drowned, Matt’s Gallery, London, UK, The stars above the ocean... the ocean beneath the stars, TOTAH, New York, USA (forthcoming) 2016 The light that fell upon us burned, Ingleby Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 Black Heart, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Cogliandrino (MACC), Italy 2013 Smoking Moon, Miami, USA, Billboard for Edinburgh, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 2012 The Gorgon’s Dream, The Burns Monument, with Ingleby Gallery and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, UK and at Rob Tufnell, London, UK 2011 David Austen | Papillion, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK 2010 Smoke Town and End of Love, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK 2009 David Austen – My love, I have been digging up my own bones in the garden again, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, Man Smoking, Schiavo Mazzonis Gallery, Rome, Italy, The End of Love, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, UK 2008 David Austen & Man Ray, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 2007 Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, Glitter, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Crackers, Locarno Film Festival, Italy 2006 Smoking Moon, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, GREEN ELECTRIC MORNING, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 2005 Froth on the Daydream, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK 2004 Darkland, PEER, London, UK, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK 2003 Hard Times, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 2001 Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, Annandale Gallery, Sydney, Australia, Edge of the World, Christ Church Mansion, Ipswich, UK, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK 2000 Happy City, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK 1999 Galerie Marianne Hollenbach, Stuttgart, Germany 1998 Inverleith House, Edinburgh, UK, Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1997 Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK, Mead Gallery, Warwick, UK, Galerie Marianne Hollenbach, Stuttgart, Germany 1994 Anthony Reynolds, London, UK 1993 Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA 1992 Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK 1991 Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK 1990 Frith Street Gallery, London, UK 1989 Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK 1988 Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK 1987 Serpentine Gallery, London, UK 1986 Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London Selected Group Exhibitions 2017 These Rotten Words, Chapter, Cardiff, UK 2016 Cosmic Connections, TOTAH, New York, USA 2015 Songs For Someone Who Isn’t There, Sarah Hardie EAF Performance, Edinburgh, UK 2014 The Nakeds, The Drawing Room, London UK (co-curator) touring to De La Warr Pavilion, East Sussex, Slow Learner, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, Abstract Drawing, Drawing Room, London, UK 2013 Once upon a time and a very good time it was..., Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, On Paper, Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain, Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, New Art Centre, Salisbury, UK, Drawing Biennial 2013, Drawing Room, London, UK 2012 Language Games. An Introduction to The Art of Our Times, Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain, With An Apple I Will Astonish, Large Glass, London, UK, Working on the Inside, Tannery Arts @ the Drawing Room, London, UK, Summer Exhibition, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, The Artist’s Imprint, Emma Hill Fine Art Eagle Gallery, London, UK 2011 Ill Fare The Land, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Artists for Kettle’s Yard, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK, Watercolour, Tate Britain, London, UK, One Another, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK 2009 On The Lonely, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, No Shoes on the Carpet, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA 2008 Better Than Grey a Serious Consideration of Colour, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk, UK, The Archer and The Goat, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Conversations, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK, At Home, Voewood Projects, High Kelling, Norfolk, UK, Order Desire Light, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, 100 Years, 100 Artists, 100 Works of Art, A Foundation, London, UK 2007 ArtProjxat Greenland Street, A Foundation, Liverpool, UK, La vida privada – Coleccion Josep Civit, Centro de Arte y Naturalexa – Fundación Bèulas, Huesca, Spain, The Secret Theory of Drawing, Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland & Tannery Arts, London, UK 2006 A Handful of Dust, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Flip: A Drawing Exhibition, Chung King Project, Los Angeles, US: in association with The Drawing Room, London, UK 2005 Edition, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, The Hardest Thing to Draw is a Kiss, The Gallery, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK (curated by David Austen), Miradas y Conceptos, MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue? Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, In Focus, Emma Hill Fine Art, The Eagle Gallery, London, UK, Remarkable, Andrew Mummery Gallery, London, UK 2004 10 Years, Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, John Moore’s Exhibition 23, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, Painting, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, See it...Read it, Art with Words, from the Arts Council Collection, Draiocht, Dublin, Ireland, Chromophiles, Galleri Bouhlou, Bergen, Norway 2003 Exodus (curated by David Austen), Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK, The Collection of an Invisible Man, Laing Art Gallery, London, UK, Independence, South London Gallery, London, UK 2002 Abstraction, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 3 x 2, The Nunnery, London, UK, Artaid, Bloomberg Space, London, UK 2001 Yellow, Galerie Kempfer, Munich, Germany 2000 Y2K, Archimede Staffolini Gallery, Cyprus, Blue, The New Museum at Walsall, Walsall, UK 1999 Commission for the British Embassy, Cairo, Egypt, John Moores Exhibition 21, Liverpool, UK 1998 Book, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK, Source / Chanzo, National Museum, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 1997 Marks and Traces, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, USA, Antechamber, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK, A Cloudburst of Material Possessions, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK, Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1996 Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Take it From Here, Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery, Sunderland, UK, In Passing, The Tannery, London, UK, Absolute Vision: New British Painting in the 1990’s, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK 1995 The Contemporary Art Society Collection, Buttler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, Made in L.A, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, USA 1994 Recent Publications - Editions and Monoprints, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA 1993 Painters' Prints, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, WaterCOLOUR, Curwen Gallery, London, UK, Strictly Painting, Cubitt Street Gallery, London, UK, Moving into View, Recent British Painting, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK, Spit in the Ocean, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK 1992 Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK, Poiesis, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, New Voices: Recent Painting For The British Council Collection, Centre de Conference Albert, Borshette, Brussels, Belgium, Twelve Stars, Arts Council Gallery, Belfast, UK; City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, UK; Barbican Centre, London, UK 1991 New Editions, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, Whitechapel Open co-selector, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK 1990 Mind the Gap, Espace Culturel Graslin, Nantes, France(cat. illus), Ciento, Barcelona, Spain, Poiesis, Graeme Murray Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, David Beitzel, New York, USA, The Theory and Practice of the Small Painting, curated by Tony Godfrey, Anderson O'Day Gallery, London, UK, British Art, Zellweger, Basel, Swizerland, Broadgate Art Project, London, UK 1988 Object and Image: Aspects of British Art in the 1980's, City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, Vanitas, Norwich School of Art, Norwich, UK, Atlas 3, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK 1987 Riverside Open, Riverside Studios, London, UK, On a Plate, Franham College of Art and Serpentine Gallery, London, UK 1986 Between Identity and Politics: A New Art, Gimpel Fils, London, UK and touring to: Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer, New York, USA, Works on Paper, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Canvass: New British Painting, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK and the Exhibition Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, New Art, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK 1985 Royal College of Art Degree Show, London, UK, Young Masters, Solomon Gallery, London, UK, New Art 2, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK, Riverside Open, Riverside Studios, London, UK Residencies & Awards 2009 Stanley Picker Fellow, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, UK

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Bibliography
2015 Twightlight - A Wall of Gouaches, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 2014 The Nakeds, The Drawing Room, London, UK 2012 The Roundel, 100 Artists Remake a London Icon, Art/Books Publishing, London, UK 2011 David Austen, The Gorgon’s Dream, LemonMelon, London, UK 2010 David Austen: END OF LOVE, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK 2007 David Austen, Milton Keynes Gallery, Buckinghamshire, UK 2006 GREEN ELECTRIC MORNING, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 2005 Froth on the Daydream, David Austen, Broken Glass, UK 2004 Stood Up, David Austen and Rupert Thomson, Peer, London, UK 2001 Objects and Images from the Edge of the World, Wolsey Art Gallery, Ipswich, UK 1997 David Austen, edited by Mead Gallery, Warwick Art Centre, Coventry, UK 1992 Jean Cocteau: Tempest of Stars, Illus. By David Austen, Enitharmon Editions, London, UK 1990 David Austen, Frith Street Gallery, London, UK 1989 David Austen, edited by Marco Livingstone, Art Random monograph, Kyoto Shoin, Japan.

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