Mr Jago and Eric Haacht, two of the UK’s leading abstract expressionist artists, will be brought together next month in an unforgettable new show by Fluorescent Smogg. Following on from Fluorescent Smogg’s successful run of multidisciplinary exhibitions, this one will focus solely on the medium of painting, with both artists offering something completely fresh on the abstract expressionist genre and bringing a potent blast of colour to Bristol.
Deeply expressive. Rebelliously colourful. A joyful jolt of that limitless, spontaneous creative energy of 1950s New York. These are things that Mr Jago and Eric Haacht share. They are also both interested in the power of non-representation. Mr Jago with his expansive, kaleidoscopic looseness. Eric Haacht with his distorted faces and decisive movement away from the familiar human form. Yet the real magic to this show comes from their differences. Colour bursts vs. colour warps. A cyclone of brushstokes vs. a haze of rough smears. A starkly modern response to a landscape vs. a blurred, darkly compelling interpretation of a face. A well-established artist, used to touring the global gallery circuit, vs. an emergent portrait artist and recent entrant to the gallery scene.
You can’t help but be energised by Mr. Jago’s work. It sucks you up and draws you in. While Haacht’s – heavily influenced by his fascination with the artificiality of human life and death, his belief that time is a mere ruse – leaves you interestingly unsure of what to feel. Both artists are as compelling as the other. And they relate to and deeply respect one another’s work. Yet, they draw us into different worlds. This show lights a fuse between these worlds. And it’s going to be explosive.
Private view: 1st December 2016, 7-10.30pm. RSVP for guest list Show open to public: 2nd-4th December 2016, 10am-6pm