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Close to Nothing: Sophie Derrick Solo Exhibition
Thu, May 4, 2017, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM BST
CLOSE TO NOTHING
This groundbreaking exhibition of London-based Contemporary Collective artist Sophie Derrick, sees her previously more figurative style, subvert reality further. Derrick pushes the boundaries of deception and representation, to create works that explore the transformative possibilities of paint, abstraction, negation and the loss of the real.
In Close to Nothing, Derrick challenges the alchemic possibilities within her process. Seeking to heighten
her unique style of production, blending performative photography with painting, reality with fiction and
absence with presence. Derrick transcends the genre of portraiture, using her face as the canvas. Impasto
paint is placed sculpturally upon the artist’s face, then rendered flat through digital photography, the image
is then re-animated, as thick lashings of paint are applied heavily across the surface. Derrick translates
paint’s materiality and substance and dynamically fuses the digital with the tangible to create alluring
The palette within ‘Close to Nothing’ takes inspiration from her iconic series ‘Feint’, featuring ethereal and muted colours that gradually ascend throughout the collection into a multi-layered vibrant, cacophony of neon hues. Derrick intends to challenge our perceptual experience of the works, presenting us with a crescendo of colours and engaging 3-Dimensional installations, that evocatively capture the act of painting through fragmented and glitchy interfaces.
In the past year Derrick’s career has risen rapidly within the art world. In 2016 she was selected for the prestigious Royal Academy Summer show, as well as being shortlisted to the final 200 of the BP Portrait Award.
She was recently featured on BBC News, focusing on influential women in the arts. Derrick’s works are now held internationally, in private and public collections. For further enquries please contact Gallery Director Chantelle Purcell on 020 8980 0395 / Chantelle@DegreeArt.com.