KEN KIFF: THE HILL OF DREAMS │ Marlborough Fine Art, London → 17 April 2015

“Mālbra Fîn Āt z dlîtd t anâns an xibišn v pêntñz, drōñz n grafics bî Britiš ātist Cen Cif, RA (1935–2001).

Ɖ xibišn, ɖ frst in Lundn sns 2008, wl cmprîz sm 40 wrcs, wɖ mêjr pêntñz n acrilics, includñ ɖ Našnl Gaḷri Triptic, a lj-scêl pêntñ md jrñ hiz rezidnsi at ɖ Našnl Gaḷri btwn Nvmbr 1991 n Octobr 1993. It wl olso includ sm prīvı̣sli unsin pêntñz fṛm ɖ Istet, demnstretñ ɖ ātist’s xtrōdnri renj n vrṣtiḷti, tgɖr wɖ a nmbr v wrcs fṛm Ɖ Sīqns siriz, a projct stātd in 1971 n ivnčli nmbrñ sm 200 wrcs in ol.

Ɖs xibišn wl pṛvîd vywrz wɖ ɖ oṗtyṇti t riivalyet ɖ wrc v ɖ ātist, hu pṛdyst an abîdñ n mč admîrd bodi v wrc, invocñ fanṭsi n miʈ in xplorñ ɖ riaḷtiz v hymaṇti.

Fṛm ɖ 1980z, printmêcñ bcem incrisñli impwtnt t Cif. Ɖ vrayti v tecnīcs alaud hm t xplor hiz ôn vižl lanĝj ʈru ɖ dfṛnt mīdia. Cif relišt ɖ c̣laḅrešn wɖ tecnišnz n masṭrprintrz, pṛdysñ a rič are v wŭdcuts, liʈ̇grafs, ečñ, moṇtîps n incwstcs. A ṣlẋn v aproxiṃtli 15 wrcs wl b includd in ɖ šo, a modist grūp bt a tesṭmnt t hiz scil n orijinaḷti az an ātist n az a printmêcr.

Ɖ xibišn wl b acumṗnid bî a fŭli iḷstretd caṭlog, wɖ a ny ese bî Andru Lambʈ, oʈr v a mêjr Temz n Hudsn moṇgraf on ɖ ātist. H raits:

It z nâ 14 yirz sns Cen Cif dîd at ɖ cmpaṛtvli ŕli êj v 65. Az mr tîm pasz n w lc afreš at hiz wrc, it bcmz incrisñli clir ɖt h wz wn v ɖ most orijinl pêntrz v ɖ jýz n tṛvelz v ɖ hymn cndišn. H čoz t cnduct hiz invstigešnz ʈru a pôtnt n hîli prsnl combinešn v fiğṛtv n abstract eḷmnts, dployñ a renj v mīdia fṛm drōñ t pêntñ n printmêcñ. Cif wz in psyt v an ilusv hol – phps az ilusv az ɖ pfcṭbiḷti v ɖ spīšīz itslf. Bt ɖ fact ɖt h psyd sč holṇs, dspt ɖ odz agnst ačivñ it, wz hrôic. N ɖ qoḷti v ɖ imijz h md jrñ hiz qest wz rmāc̣bl.

GAḶRI WEBSAIT

Janit MCenzi, STYDIO INṬNAŠNL, 14 Māč 2015

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