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Peter Schuyff: “Plato Combinato” at Carl Kostyál, London

“Untitled,” 2017, by Peter Schuyff, Oil on linen, 200 x 140 cm, Carl Kostyál, London
(Courtesy of Carl Kostyál, London)

Works from across Peter Schuyff’s career are currently being displayed in a solo exhibition in London. The reflective works have hints of digital influence and geometrical abstraction, as they are presented in Schuyff’s first exhibition at the Carl Kostyál gallery. “Plato Combinato” runs at the gallery until the end of March 2018.

This exhibition showcases Schuyff’s work reflecting his usual style of proto-digital geometrical abstraction. “Some of my best abstract paintings were reduced to a clearly simple set of rules which I simply had to follow till the end. I have to pay a lot of attention while taking little or no responsibility,” says the artist about his creative process. “That really describes to me how my paintings are about nothing. How they deal with the problem of nothing… Other animals do not need a purpose in life. A contradiction to itself, the human animal cannot do without one. Can we not think of the aim of life as being simply to see?” the artist continues.

There are three small watercolors created in 1986, which reflect a peaceful elegance, displaying a fine grid created with a chromatic gradation of shades and intensity, alongside three large oil paintings showing interplay between the human hand and mathematical precision through wavy linear and square patterns. Three wood sculptures, created in 2016, show a fluid motion in large tree-trunk. “Big Gold” (2011), shows a tangle of floating spaghetti, infinitely tangled, over the surface of the canvas.

Peter Schuyff was born in 1958 in Baarn, Netherlands, and schooled in art at the Vancouver School of Art. In the 1980s, he became part of the Neo-Geo Movement in art. His work is included in the collections of MoMA, New York; Metropolitan Museum, New York; and MOCA, Los Angeles; among others. His work was exhibited as part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

“Plato Combinato” is on show through March 31, 2018, at Carl Kostyál gallery, London.

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Click on the slideshow to have a sneak peek of the artist’s work.