Flowers East presents new work by the eminent Glasgow-based
painter Ken Currie. This new body of work covers a period from
2003-2005 and encompasses a variety of themes and imagery explored
in works both on canvas and paper. Often on a large-scale, the
works concentrate mainly on the human figure but also contain
images where the absence of the human presence is emphasised. New
territory for Currie is also explored in the form of landscape.
In a number of works there is contemplation on the complexities
and contingencies of the process of ageing, of loss and the passing
of time, as well as a new emphasis on simple painterly elements
such as light and space and the power they have for imaginative suggestion.
In other works there is an engagement with the physical reality
of our mortality, be it through natural processes or as a result of
political violence, that attempts to highlight the sheer
vulnerability of the human situation.
In the diptych'Clear Field and Dark Wood',there is a visual
meditation on the Russian proverb: "We are born in a clear field
and die in a dark wood". The open possibilities of birth are
contrasted with the encroaching complexities and doubts of old age.
In this challenging exhibition "Currie invites us, in
imagination at least, to step beyond our mortal limits and venture
into the darkness of the unknown". Currie is one of the most
powerful and evocative artists of our time; this is an exhibition
not to be missed.