Charmaine Watkiss and Andrew Pierre Hart, The Abstract Truth of Things, Tiwani Contemporary, London

23 July-12 September 2020

Tiwani Contemporary presents a two-person exhibition by British artists Charmaine Watkiss (Unit 4, Studio 4-113) and Andrew Pierre Hart. Comprising new and recent work by the artists, the exhibition features drawing by Watkiss and painting by Hart. In addition, the exhibition features a soundscape.

The lockdown in the UK made for an opportunity for the artists to meet and engage on social media platforms where they conducted a series of discussions to develop the meeting point of their collaboration: the colour blue and the sound of Jazz - markers of innovation and invention in American, African and Caribbean diaspora histories. The title of the show riffs on the name of a 1997 exhibition The Blues and the Abstract Truth by American-born artist David Hammons who derived it in turn from a 1961 album by jazz saxophonist Oliver Nelson.

In their exhibition, Charmaine Watkiss and Andrew Pierre Hart acknowledge an artistic lineage with Hammons and emphasise the significance and relevance of the cultural histories and musical processes that generate blue and the sound of Jazz. However, the artists follow distinctive strategies with substantive outcomes individual to their own practices and discoverable throughout the show. More here

On Thursday 23 July, Tiwani Contemporary will hold a Private View Day for which access will be by appointment only.
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Tiwani Contemporary, 16 Little Portland Street, London W1W 8BP

Images: The Abstract Truth of Things, installation views, Tiwani Contemporary, London; Charmaine Watkiss, The Empress, images courtesy the artist and Tiwani Contemporary, London, 2020