Jun 4th 2011

John Henderson’s (b. 1984) work forges an unlikely alliance between the heavy metal industry and abstract art by casting all-over gestural paintings in aluminum and, more recently, bronze. His UBS 12×12 show consists of all new work and presents, for the first time, a bronze work from this ongoing series of cast paintings. By uniting the individual expression of gestural painting with the impersonal nature of heavy metals, Henderson addresses central themes in contemporary art: the oft-times troubled relationship between painting and sculpture or the uniqueness of the individual work and personal touch and its industrial reproduction. The installation of the works further emphasizes these themes by contrasting individual works with those developed in series, and installing them below the typical gallery height for paintings, thereby directly engaging with the visitors as well as the exhibition space in its entirety.

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