Grove Collective is pleased to present the upcoming three-artist exhibition Shattered Speech, featuring Prague-based artist Martin Lukáč, Glasgow-based artist Sin Park, and Basel-based artist Una Ursprung, on view at Grove Collective’s Battersea space, as well as online in virtual reality through the Grove Collective website. This is the first time that these artists have exhibited together, and marks the first time that Grove Collective has worked with any of these artists.
Working at a moment when the possibility of clarity – social, political, and otherwise – appears chimerical at best, Shattered Speech brings together artists who revel in their respective frenzies, using abstraction to allude to – or evade – form. Martin Lukáč’s paintings, for one, hold onto their abstraction by only a thread: while they lack clear figuration, looping strokes across the canvas are primed for hidden images, creating a sense of endless discovery. Similarly, Sin Park’s compositions, while unabashed in their discord, use speeding lines in thickly-applied oil paint to create texture and the possibility of form; far from the negation of the image, Park’s abstractions open the door to serendipity, and the creation of imagery from luck or chance. However, in turn, Una Ursprung turns this notion on its head – using figuration as a foundation, Ursprung’s practice is founded on erasure and recreation. The intersection of form and line reconfigures the viewer’s ability to derive clear meaning from her imagery, allowing for (re)interpretation along entirely different or renewed logics.
Fittingly, thisextends the work with abstraction that Grove Collective has pursued to date, while opening up to a range of new practices. Importantly, Shattered Speech moves away from London as a locus of artistic production, creating dialogue between European and British-based practices, although each artist exhibited lives and works away from their native country. With a mind towards globalism and discovery, Grove Collective is excited to draw upon all facets of its exhibitional practice, including turns toward narrative and technology, to further contextualise each artist amongst each other, as well as amongst the gallery’s broader offering.