Soft Formalities Private View

You and a guest are warmly invited to the next Studio 3 Gallery exhibition:

Soft Formalities

Susie Green, Emmet Kierans, Kari Stewart, Christian Newby (with Ana Martinez Fernandez and Drew Liverman)


Private View: Wednesday 18 January 2017, 17:30 – 20:00


19 January – 24 March 2017

Monday – Friday, 11am-5pm, Admission Free

Studio 3 Gallery, School of Arts

Jarman Building, University of Kent

Canterbury CT2 7UG


Soft Formalities considers the place of formalism within the contemporary practices of Susie Green, Emmet Kierans, Kari Stewart and Christian Newby (in collaboration with Ana Martinez Fernandez and Drew Liverman), particularly in relation to the legacy of Modern Art. Formalism refers to the arrangements of form, colour, line, and composition in a work of art. While these elements are fundamental building blocks in the creation of any image or form, during modernity these traits often became the content of the work through experimentations with ‘pure’ abstraction. Decades later, in our contemporary moment, artists still contend with that additional historical weight; a legacy where whole shapes and colours and lines feel already claimed and colonised. The artists featured in this exhibition work through these layered complexities in a series of paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and a hand-tufted rug.

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Image: Emmet Kierans, Tangible Thoughts 3 (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.