- hugonin_martin_install_0415_web Installation view of<i> and per se and: part X</i><br />Agnes Martin & James Hugonin<br /> Ingleby, Edinburgh<br />(12 June - 22 July 2017)
- james-hugonin_fluctuations-in-elliptical-form-i_2016-17_web James Hugonin<br /><i>Fluctuations in Elliptical Form (I)</i>, 2016-17<br />oil and wax on wood<br />200.7 x 178.8 cm <div id="bpebox" style="margin: 5px 0 5px 0; color:#666;"></div>
- james-hugonin_fluctuations-in-elliptical-form-i_2016-17_detail_web Detail of James Hugonin<br /><i>Fluctuations in Elliptical Form (I)</i>, 2016-17<br />oil and wax on wood<br />200.7 x 178.8 cm <div id="bpebox" style="margin: 5px 0 5px 0; color:#666;"></div>
- innes_martin_0397_web Installation view of Agnes Martin<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1978<br />ink and graphite on paper<br />24.1 x 24.1 cm
- agnes-martin-_-untitled-1978_web Agnes Martin<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1978<br />ink and graphite on paper<br />24.1 x 24.1 cm
and per se and: Part X – Agnes Martin & James Hugonin
12 July 2017 - 22 July 2017
and per se and is a rolling sequence of exhibitions where one work is paired with another for two weekly periods, across a stretch of 12 months. In this phase of the sequence an exquisite work on paper by Agnes Martin will be joined by a new painting by James Hugonin.
Over the past 30 years James Hugonin has become known for his unusually deliberate and determined way of making paintings: completing on average just one painting a year and always following a structure of small marks of colour across an underlying grid, each mark shifting slightly from its neighbour and building to a rhythmic whole. These are deeply subtle paintings with an understated clarity that owes something to the light-filled pointillism of Seurat as well as to the balance and poise of Agnes Martin’s work.
Each painting begins with a notebook, plotting separate sequences that will play out over the surface of the painting in the coming months, almost like a musical score. The analogy to music is apposite, as Agnes Martin commented of her own approach: “It’s not about facts, it’s about feelings. It’s about remembering feelings and happiness. A definition of art is that it makes concrete our most subtle emotions. I think the highest form of art is music. It’s the most abstract of all art expression” The paintings by Hugonin and Martin share many qualities: they operate with a kind of interior musicality and balance their apparent precision and control with a fragility that suggests a very human touch.
From 26 July in and per se and: part XI, the work of James Hugonin will be joined by a painting by Giorgio Morandi.