Grove Collective is pleased to present the upcoming group exhibition A Future Cast In Our Image, featuring the UK-based artists Connie Harrison, Maïa Régis, and Oriele Steiner, on view online in virtual reality. This is Grove Collective’s inaugural exhibition and the first time these artists have shown together as a group.
Each bringing their own unique painting style to the show, Harrison, Régis, and Steiner at once demonstrate the range of practices Grove Collective will exhibit, while creating points of intersection between otherwise discordant works. Harrison’s abstraction takes on form when cast against Régis’ pronounced, short brush strokes; Régis’ figures are cast against the lengthened, curved limbs of Steiner’s bodies; the similarities in color and depth within Steiner’s work allow figures to almost melt together, creating an abstraction that references Harrison’s work: while perhaps not immediately apparent, once placed together, the viewer is able to draw connections and bring new context that allows the work to be seen in an entirely new way. Indeed, in a climate that threatens paralyzing monotony, Grove Collective has worked to establish itself as a gallery for experimentation and creative thinking.
In turn, the desire to collect, reconfigure, and present anew is what sits at the heart of Grove Collective. Born in a moment of both uncertainty and opportunity, the gallery was founded as a means to turn dizzying change into marked progress, demanding that the art world reflect the needs of those who stand to become its future, not simply echoing the desires of those from a time since passed. Thus, the title of the show reflects the burgeoning careers of Harrison, Régis, and Steiner, all three of whom have become promising young stars of the London art world, but also something bigger: as new systems of power, influence, and opportunity take shape in front of our eyes, now is the moment to ensure we build a future for ourselves; a Future Cast In Our Image.