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CP Loves... Jonathan Gabb: 3D painter

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by Jessica Hazel.

 

Jonathan Gabb is a South-London based artist who has just opened a new show today showcasing his rather uncanny knack for creating the worlds first 3D paintings.

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Made from PVA glue and acrylic paint, these fragile constructions look tangibly edible. There is also a broad palette of influences behind Gabb's work from Rococo architecture to Art Nouveau, Damien Hirst and Wayne Thiebaud.

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The show is called 'System' and opens today at the WW Gallery in London. It's the product of a three-month residency which was part of the SOLO Award which Gabb won. The brief was to create a site-specific work for the gallery space.

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He says, "I want to stretch the material value of paint in a 3D form in a way which transforms it into something else - the paint is freed from a fixed surface and can be viewed as an object. Audiences have a greater understanding about art now and I want to show something that not only has a lot of thought put into it, but which is also enjoyable to look at. I think there is something very authoritative about the traditional method of painting, and I think that ties in with people's expectations. With these works people engage with the material nature of the medium, more than the colour, in a way in which they usually wouldn't with traditional painting."

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In a world where technology can do 3D for itself, it's nice to find a handmade and more human artistic response to being able to literally submerge oneself in a moment. The works recall giant weaving looms, ribbons on May poles or printer ink cradles.

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'System' runs until February 2nd 2013.

Jessica Hazel is a writer, blogger and director of Smoking Gun Vintage.

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