Unit’s latest group exhibition guides viewers through an immersive experience that connects form and space. In Worlds Beyond, abstraction provides the means to explore medium as painting and textiles come together to interweave organic, mineral and corporeal elements. Coiled and fluid shapes evoke inner and outer worlds that respond to and interact with the confines of each canvas. In a series of artworks that take inspiration from both immediate surroundings and the mental landscape, flowing forms extend beyond frames, stray beyond boundaries and seep into the outside world.
Worlds Beyond presents a group of artists experimenting with abstraction through their use of material, drawing on subject matter that evokes both the concrete and physical as well as the unconscious and intangible aspects of experience. Artist Allison Reimus uses household items and found textiles to create familiar yet otherworldly spaces. For Reimus, abstraction means being able to explore ideas of motherhood, femininity and domesticity. Amy Hui Li explores the body through her abstract visual language. Li’s biological forms evoke veins and blood vessels, exploring our hidden emotions as well as processes of self-healing and repairing. Repetitively tearing and reshaping home-made felt materials, Li expresses fragility, brokenness and a drive towards intimacy.
Futuristic assemblies of colour in the works of Ce Jian explore the boundaries between human and technical worlds. Fantastical creatures are modelled on the anatomy of robots, blending technical components with more fluid forms drawn from art history and the natural world. Similarly, Fu Site uses traditional techniques of light and shadow to layer mystery into his artworks. By subtly combining fragmented images and overlapping narrative, Fu Site deprives his scenes of logical coherence to provoke an overriding sense of ambiguity. In a similar vein, Alba Botines’ abstract canvases are filled with fluid forms that reflect our ever-changing relationships to the world around us. Botines reflects on the changeability of modern life through imaginary spaces that uncover ideas of chaos, decay, growth and transition. Reflecting on her own personal journey and background, Betty Leung uses an AI tool to combine two separate images that reflect her identity, allowing the algorithm to generate a hybrid third image. This image is then weaved through and moulded, allowing Leung to give the imagery new narratives, pulling the viewer in with elaborate and intricate compositions that merely whisper the original stories.
Worlds Beyond therefore presents a group of artists using abstraction to visualise both the physical and mental aspects of human experience. Abstract forms lead the way to notions of memory, identity, relationships and our own bodies. Colour, line and pattern interact to produce varying degrees of tension and sensation. Straddling a threshold between our world and another, shapes overlap and interlock across the surface of a canvas or the weave of textiles, creating numerous configurations that allow us to reflect on the movement of the world around us.
Fuck You, Pay Me
170.18 x 149.86 cm
Amy Hui Li
our last-ever text message was on the 14th of february 2023
80 x 60 cm
Assemblaged body 02
110 x 90 x 3.5 cm
70 x 90 cm
113 x 150 x 45 cm
In praise of Erica Brausen I
190 x 140 cm
Alba Botines is a Spanish artist, based in London. She holds an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, UK (2023) and she graduated with a First-Class Honours in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (2022). Her practice explores notions of chaos, order, decay and growth, and how those lead into new paradigms. She reflects on the liquid modernity in which we live in, where everything is ever changing, the uncertainty and the interconnectedness between species. Her work was featured in various group exhibitions including Buffer 2, Guts Gallery, London 2023; Opening Ceremony Olymp’ Arts, Zappeion, Athens (2023) and Chancellors’ Circle Dinner, Royal College of Art, London (2023). Botines was recently shortlisted for the Fribourg Philanthropies Prize 2023.
Allison Reimus (b. 1982) is a Michigan-born, New York-based artist. She earned her BFA from Michigan State University in 2005 and her MFA from American University in 2009. Reimus’ practice explores her relationship with motherhood, femininity and domesticity through abstraction. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Real Abstraction, RA Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (2023), Surly Cues, Left Field Gallery at Barely Fair, Chicago, IL (2023) and Hum, Jennifer Terzian Gallery, Litchfield, CT (2023). In 2022, Reimus’ work was showcased in the group exhibition Sign Systems, at Unit London, UK.
Amy Hui Li
Amy Hui Li (b. 1997) is a Cantonese artist based in London. She received an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art (2023) after receiving a Graduate Diploma at the same college and a BA Fine Art degree from Goldsmiths, University of London. Using home-made felt materials, Li's paintings explore our hidden damaged emotions as well as the process of self-healing and repairing. Repetitively tearing and reshaping her home-made felt materials, Li expresses fragility, brokenness, and an intention to care.
Betty Leung is a visual artist based in London. She holds an MA from Camberwell College, University of Art London (2020). Her multimedia practice is concerned with social, economic and political complexities in the context of human behaviour. She uses algorithms to explore the tension between chance and control by printing digitally rendered imagery onto fabric and transforming them into textile sculptures. In 2022 she showed her work in a solo exhibition with Unit London’s online programme Platform. Recent group exhibitions include NFTism: No Fear in Trying, Unit London (2021) and Chance and Control: The Art of Letting Go, Slash Arts Gallery, London (2021).
Ce Jian (b. 1984) is a Chinese artist based in Berlin, Germany. She studied at Goldsmiths College, London, and the Berlind University of the Arts, and later earned Magister Artium and PhD degrees in Art History from Humboldt-Universität and Freie Unversität Berlin in 2009 and 2017, respectively. Her work deals with the intersection of historical and contemporary visual concepts, addressing the transformed aesthetics of the digital age through carefully composed, expressive paintings that juxtapose the spontaneity of her colour palette with her conceptual framework.
Fu Site (b. 1984) was born in the Liaoning province, China. He graduated from the Tsinghua University in Beijing (2006), the École des Beaux-Arts in Versailles (2011) and the École Supérieure d’Art du Nord-Pas-de-Calais (2014). His pictorial language borrows the codes of the oneiric world, to give life to scenes that open the field of interpretation. By subtly combining fragmented images and overlapping narrative layers, Fu Site provokes a certain ambiguity in our perception of time, depriving the scene of any logical coherence.
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