“The arresting use of a limited palate of bold, saturated, unadulterated contemporary colours makes the work shout out to the viewer in much the same way as the colours of corporate branding.” - the artist
Sally Gorham’s work is concerned with the tension between individual freedom and systems of control in democratic societies. It takes on a structured orderly appearance, and the hard-edged, concrete nature of the work borrows from the visual vocabulary of constructivism and geometric abstraction.
The playful, attention-grabbing use of colour and/or scale give the work immediate impact, transforming the space the work occupies. The use of repetition and series references the history of abstract painting. The arresting use of a limited palate of bold, saturated, unadulterated contemporary colours makes the work shout out to the viewer in much the same way as the colours of corporate branding.
The multi-part construction of many of the works enables them to be adapted and re-assembled in new situations, creating what Daniel Buren describes as an interdependence between the work and the site, subverting the notion of the autonomous art work. It also points to the way in which deregulation has allowed politicians and large corporations to manipulate facts and ‘the system’ to meet their own ends. My larger scale installations use the architecture of the institutional space to confront what Boris Groys describes as ‘the ambiguous character of the contemporary notion of freedom that functions in our democracies as a tension between sovereign [individual] and institutional freedom.’*
About the artist:
Eight years ago, Sally Gorham left her executive career in Health Care Management to pursue her passion for art. In 2016 she graduated with a BA in Fine Art from one of London's premier art schools, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
Since graduating Sally has combined my own art practice with curating exhibitions of work by emerging/early career artists. Her own work, which ranges from large scale installations to multi-piece paintings has been shown at the Art Souterrain Festival in Canada, Luren Gallery in Suzhou, China as well as in London and other parts of the UK.
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