05/11/2021 - 08/01/2022

New Work - Painting

Magnus Plessen - Hope Love Helium

‘Hope Love Helium’ is an exhibition of new paintings by Magnus Plessen portraying human and plant forms coming together in abstract environments.

Conjuring the ineffable dynamics of life, love and growth, the series is distinguished by its bright palette of blues and yellows and the introduction of images of glowing, sunlike orbs.

The ‘Hope Love Helium’ works follow Plessen’s ‘1914−1918’ series, which explored the ways the body was armoured for, and repaired after, combat during the First World War. Those earlier works, the artist says, expressed a ‘mechanistic’ world view. This new series counterbalances its predecessor’s brutal pragmatism by focusing on the human capacity for transformative thoughts and emotions. ‘In “1914–1918”, you can think of the “joints” in the painting as machines. In “Hope Love Helium”, you can think of them as energy.’


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