25 April - 3 May 2016 An exhibition of paintings exploring the concept of surface from artist David Cass. Created using non-traditional methods and painted on unconventional surfaces, these repetitive artworks are unified by their exclusive depiction of water.
These paintings depict bodies of water Cass has surveyed whilst travelling: the Atlantic from Cádiz, the Adriatic from Dalmatia, the Mediterranean from Liguria. Many too, are abstracted visions of the English Channel - the strip of water the artist must cross to reach France, Belgium, Spain and Italy - where he sources the materials and supports upon which he works. From Paris’ plethora of antique shops to Brussels’ frequent flea-markets, Cass sources every-day items (wooden, metal, and paper planes) suitable to be brought back to his studio and transformed into the foundation of each artwork.
Cass gathers ordinary objects that speak of function and familiarity: tabletops, drawer bases, trunk lids, roadsigns. Aged items and objects that describe a lifetime of use in their worn grains – a kind of repetition that is mirrored in Cass’ mark-making and obsessive documentation of a singular subject.
‘Surface’ is a fundraising exhibition – all profits go towards the creation of an exhibition Cass has been working on set to take place in Florence (Italy) this coming November.