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Continuum in Symmetry
New Drawings & Paintings
Djanogly Art Gallery
Lakeside Arts Centre
extracts from reviews of Continuum in Symmetry
"As the seasons go round and round"
Nottingham artist Marek Tobolewski’s work continues to entrance and mystify. Continuum In Symmetry Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside till 13 June, is the most impressive show of Tobolewski’s I have ever seen. His work seems to have expanded to fill the crisp open spaces of the Djanogly Gallery and the audacity and ambition of his 20-year project are at last given a stage on which to express themselves. ...
For me, this exhibition achieves a grandeur I had not previously expected to see in Tobolewski’s work. The painstaking repetition of the circles had in the past suggested something smaller, more precise, more intricate but without the sense of presence that the grandest art necessarily creates. In this big gallery the work comes into itself.
Andrew Cooper NVA Editor
Collectively titled Continuum In Symmetry,
Marek Tobolewski's recent paintings and drawings present variations on taking a line for a distinctly worm-like walk. Subtle surfaces are worked and reworked to form a ground for linear improvisations that look like the rhythmic markings below the high tide line on a wet beach. Despite their apparent aesthetic gracefulness, there is something almost obsessive in these relentless organic abstractions. One cannot but wonder at the artist's patience as he works with no end in sight to these seemingly aimless graphic meanderings. It is this very slight sense of unease that establishes a kind of psychological undertow.
Robert Clark - Pick of the week, Guardian
Marek's emphasis on drawing permeates the paintings, leaving traces of the decision-making process underlying each paintings' construction. Serial circular arcs imitate and perfect a natural curve of an artists' reach, with gestation periods between each decision point: like a time-line, accelerating and slowing. At times lines become dense: deliberated in twists and junctures. Restlessly fluctuating they give a feeling of lightness and air, a three-dimensional nest-space. Your eye dances with the changing directionality: parallel, divergent or convergent, implying perspective in silhouetted three-dimensional form. Your eye dances not just across the plane of the painting but also backwards and forwards in the three-dimensional area between you and the painting.
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Solo Exhibitions - selected
2011 Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington
2010 Continuum in Symmetry - Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham.
2009 Continuum - HIVE Gallery, Barnsley.
2003 A line seen + felt - Bridlesmith Gate Gallery, Nottingam.
2000 Soft Geometry - Prints Djanogly Art Cafe, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
1995 New York Paintings - East Midlands Arts Board, Loughborough.
1994 Disintegration - Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham.
Axis - Yarrow Gallery, Oundle.
1992 Open - Galerie OZ, Paris.
1991 Paper Works - Galerie Art Plan, Paris.
Innercore - Galerie OZ, Paris.
1989 Paintings - Nottingham Castle.
Group Exhibitions - Selected
2011 4Can+2 - Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2010 The year they met - NS Project Nottingham.
Reunion - Oldknows Building, Nottingham.
Occidental Dimension - UoB Gallery, Brighton.
2009 Small works - Claire White Gallery, Barnsley.
2008 Last Call Vinson Gallery, Atlanta.
Present - Hive Gallery, Elsecar, Barnsley.
Decade Vinson Gallery, Atlanta
2004 Remote Drawing - Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham.
2003 Art for Life - Christies, London.
2002 Art from the studios - Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham Castle.
2001 Another view of Wright - Derby Museum & Art Gallery.
British Artists - Createx Museum of the Southwest, Texas USA.
H2O British Contemporary Art - Brahm Gallery, Leeds.
2000 Summer show - Royal Academy, London.
1999 Circa ng - Bonington Gallery, Nottingham.
1996 Contemporary Painters & Sculptors - Air Gallery, London.
1995 Young British Abstraction - Silverstein Gallery, New York, USA.
1989 Starting a Collection - Warwick Arts Trust, London.
The Abstract Show - The Young Unknowns Gallery, London. … Read More