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Magnus Plessen at White Cube Mason's Yard

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Magnus Plessen makes paintings that shift fluidly between the abstract and representation. Using a diverse range of painting methods and dynamic compositions, Plessen's works are studies on perception, structure, material and transience.

The characteristics of Plessen’s paintings lie in their systematic development of an image, constructed by adding and removing sections of paint to reveal passages of compact form and negative space. The process of application and subtraction is evident through resolute brushstrokes and scrapes, and in doing so, the construction of the work emerges in rigorous and dynamic syncopation. Plessen’s approach to painting is largely phenomenological, since he aims to capture momentary emotion rather than reality. Figures slip in and out of focus, either static or caught in a blurred rush of movement. Backgrounds are removed to leave ethereal traces like retinal after-images.

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Date & Time

November 05 - January 08


White Cube Mason's Yard, Masons Yard, London, UK