Abstract expressionism, feminism and Cow Tipping for Rebecca Ward at Ronchini Gallery

By Sophie Furse | 17 April 2013

Exhibition review: Rebecca Ward: Cow Tipping, Ronchini Gallery, London, until May 18 2013

A photo of a contemporary art gallery
© Courtesy Rebecca Ward / Ronchini Gallery. Photo: Susanne Hakuba
What happens when you rethink American abstract expressionism in the light of feminism? Inverting paint to bleach and picking away the canvas to make its material integral to the work, Rebecca Ward says her solo show at Ronchini is concerned with this very concept.

Ward is a young Texan-born artist living in Brooklyn and collaborating with the extended Italian network of the London gallery – her current residency is in the small Italian town of Todi, working with 88-year-old painter Carla Accardi.

She has also been commissioned by Stella MacArtney and Centre 548 New York. But this show marks a departure from her signature tape installations, which are known to dramatically alter spaces.

The feel of the show is approachable, fresh and original, with the artist using bleach across a thinned, transparent surface, rarely using a paintbrush for these “paintings”.

The scale of these pieces is diminished, artfully composed without screaming for your attention. When Ward does pursue bright colour, she offsets it with a smaller size. De-threaded squares tessellate along the gallery walls.

Although the colours appear blurry and soft, her work is balanced by its hard geometry. Bleached sections are in sharp-lined rows, their deepening hues set against each other.

Taking to a contemporary central London gallery, this is a beautiful series of works.


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A photo of a contemporary gallery with white walls
© Courtesy Rebecca Ward / Ronchini Gallery. Photo: Susanne Hakuba
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© Courtesy Rebecca Ward / Ronchini Gallery. Photo: Susanne Hakuba
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© Courtesy Rebecca Ward / Ronchini Gallery. Photo: Susanne Hakuba
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© Courtesy Rebecca Ward / Ronchini Gallery. Photo: Susanne Hakuba
A photo of various colourful artworks inside a whitewalled gallery
© Courtesy Rebecca Ward / Ronchini Gallery. Photo: Susanne Hakuba
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