23 SEPTEMBER – 17 OCTOBER 2015
Combining abstract painting with artisan frames, Belem Lett explores the relationship between gesture, recessive space and the role of the decorative border.
Through fields of colour, elongated canvases, bulbous bodies and cut out shapes, Lett situates the abstract image within a history of baroque opulence. He humorously acknowledges our desire for painting to decorate interior space and also offer us transportation beyond it. Lett’s framing devices allude to windows and portals and establish an expectation of recessive space. Variously inflected surfaces play with this expectation – gestural brushwork, metallic pigments and expanses of colour allow planes to oscillate between flatness and depth. From explorations of abstraction and the interplay of planes and surfaces comes a necessary preoccupation with the affects of light, in all its variations. Metallic pigments and gloss surfaces alter how a painting appears; from left to right, from day to night. This chameleonic quality is extended with the subtle use of luminescent powders visible only in the absence of light. In this way each work contains a secondary, silent painting within.