12/01/2022 - 09/02/2022

New Work - Drawing & Painting

Five Artist Group Show - In Awe of You

Liliya Art Gallery presents In Awe of You, a group show featuring new and recent work by five contemporary abstract artists: Kate Burling, Rebecca Gilpin, Joseph Goody, Sunyoung Hwang and Henry Ward. The work in the show will be presented through the lens of Clive Bell’s ‘Significant Form’ theory (1914).

Clive Bell (1881-1964) was an English art critic who created the aesthetic theory ‘Significant Form’. Bell used this term to describe the idea that the form, line, and colour in an artwork can be expressive and can create ‘aesthetic emotion’. He believed that this function was the primary value of any artwork and that any context linked to the work is of secondary value.

His reasoning for this specific ordering of an artwork’s value was that conceptual work was inherently problematic; as to understand a conceptual piece, you must have a grounding in context. This automatically limits the viewers experience of the work, to an experience dependent on the contextual information around it. In addition, it makes context the primary value of the work, rather than the ‘aesthetic emotion’ of viewing.


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