Breaking Geometries at Bartha Contemporary London

‘Breaking Geometries’ at London’s Bartha Contemporary gallery is a stunning display of shapes and manipulation. The exhibition consists of art by Henrik Eiben, Mike Meiré and Beat Zoderer.

The gallery itself is a long, narrow room with stark white walls; the perfect blank canvas space to showcase art with little distraction. The eyes can scan most of the works on display with one sweep upon entering the room before the allure of each piece calls for a closer look.

The exhibition features a mix of bright, playful colours, and monochromatic pieces and the materials used to create them are easily recognisable matter from everyday life, such as metal, paper, newspapers, and acrylic paints. Such accessible materials and familiar shapes invite the viewer to connect with the art on a very instinctive level. 

"Breaking Geometries', as one might assume from the name, highlights the use of geometry, and demonstrates how it is everywhere we look and in everything we see. It is the all-encompassing subject of shape, size, relative positions of figures, and the properties of space and yet so often goes unnoticed in our every day view. Some people might not realise they are potentially interested in geometry, and yet they enjoy the art in which it resides. While geometry and mathematics have laid the foundations in art and design since their very beginnings, they are often overlooked and taken for granted. Geometric patterns and artwork date back to the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia and Egypt, as seen in works and designs found on clay tablets and papyrus leaves. At this exhibition, it is fascinating to gaze at contemporary artworks that put geometry at the forefront of their concerns, rather than relegate it to a sequestered mound of principles on which they were planned. 

Henrik Eiben uses unorthodox materials to create his ‘Condo’ of what appears to be perfect geometric assemblages. Eiben uses an excessive use of colour in his structures, which enhance and alter the appearance of his playful, and seemingly simplistic work. 

German born artist, Mike Meiré, uses his work to explain that geometry and abstract designs are hidden in plain sight by using newspapers. Meiré paints pictures of the layouts of newspapers concealing the text formally on them to show only the design of their geometric layout system. 

Beat Zoderer’s works displays systematic imperfection. Zoderer achieves this by using everyday materials to create his work. He uses acrylic paint on metal to create what appears to be perfection. However, once the viewer looks closer, the precise errors are revealed. Zoderer’s sculptural work is simple and incredibly beautiful to look at. 

Geometry is a branch of mathematics that merges aesthetics and numbers through a timeless set of fixed shapes and yet, it can also be used to create an infinity of new designs and works of art and as this exhibition shows, it is one of the most versatile and aesthetically malleable systems that our world is formed upon.  The exhibitions shines a light on this system, which is so often hidden in the shadows of the every day, in a bright, and interesting way.

‘Breaking Geometries’ is on at Bartha Contemporary London until the 9th September.  More information may be found here.