Hugh Byrne: Point and Line
13 March – 17 April 2018
Please join us for the opening reception on Tuesday 13 March at 18:30
Barnard in collaboration with Ebony Curated is pleased to present Point and Line by Hugh Byrne. The title of the artist’s most recent body of work succinctly indicates a primary thrust which has extended across the artist’s career and practice – a reduction to the most basic visual forms and an investigation of the visual problem solving the relationship between these forms calls for. Despite their apparent simplicity, these essential formal elements allow for layers of complexity to be built and experimented with. Byrne’s practice is as such a visual repartee between form, line, space and colour, a subtle dance and play in the search of balance and harmony.
Byrne aligns himself with the tradition established by artists within the De Stijl and Bauhaus movement in maintaining a highly subjective, emotional engagement with these elements, which might mistakenly be relegated to the realm of impersonal, objective abstraction. While attending to essential visual elements, Byrne’s practice nevertheless embodies a strong emphasis on materiality and sculptural forms. Indeed, Byrne’s visual practice is thoroughly embedded in and directed by a continuous engagement with urban space, architecture and the lived experience of the city. This engagement results in complex understandings of space and dynamism, evident in this new body of work which displays a foray into more organic shapes, variations of tone and fluidities of line and form.