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Bicha Gallery & Shop

7 Gabriels Wharf

South Bank

London SE1 9PP

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Stimulation for the Nation: Line, form and colour

Bicha Gallery Spring Show with guest artist and sculptor, Michael Kenny, RA

Exhibition: April 15 - 25, 2010


Bicha Gallery

Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St,

7 Gabriels Wharf

South Bank, London SE1 9PH

South Bank, London SE1 9PP



Open daily, admission free

Open daily, admission free

Private View at gallery@oxo: April 14, 2010 / 6-8.30pm

Including performance by contemporary composer and pianist, Lola Perrin

Bicha Gallery is pleased to present our Spring 2010 Show ‘Stimulation for the Nation:

Michael Kenny, RA, Right Thinking II, 1990, (detail)

Michael was one of the most influential British sculptors of his generation. He was

elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1976, and a Royal Academician in 1986.

Today his work is held in museums all over the world, including the British Museum,

The Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

For Michael, drawing was the cornerstone of the visual arts. It was the basic structure

through which expression became possible. Making a line had a symbolic interpretation.

His notes from 1993 included the following extract from Davis and Hershs

‘The Mathematical Experience’.

‘A carpenter, using a metal ruler, draws a line across a board to use as a guide in

cutting. The line he has drawn is a physical thing... Alongside this real, concrete

instance of a straight line, there exists the mental idea of the mathematical

abstraction of an ideal straight line. In the idealised version, all the accidentals and

imperfections of the concrete instance have been miraculously eliminated.’

Much of his work has a spiritual dimension; an enigma or mystery that comes from

within and is represented in classical elements and values. His use of perspective, the

tension between symmetry and asymetry, the setting up of harmonies - brokenness

against smoothness, all allude to a classical approach but in a uniquely modernist way.

Micheal Kenny, RA, Von Huegels Dream, Mixed media

Both his drawings and sculpture have an overt and covert geometry; acting as

a conceptual framework which holds everything together. These geometric forms

are really about axiometric truths. If drawing was a way of understanding the world,

of searching for order in the chaos, geometric form was a way to reveal its truths

and mysteries.

Bicha Gallery & Shop

7 Gabriels Wharf

South Bank

London SE1 9PP

T +44 (0)7721 400 048



Bicha Gallery & Shop

7 Gabriels Wharf

South Bank

London SE1 9PP

T +44 (0)7721 400 048


Michael Kenny, RA, The Gossip Dante Inferno Canto, Mixed media

When it comes to colour, his choice of materials, the colour of the stone, and the linear

marks on the work were all intuitive parts of his creative process.

We have taken inspration from Michaels contemplative work and chosen pieces from

selected artists within the gallery which are to be accompanied with text written by each

artist outlining the role which line, form and colour play in their individual artforms.

Artists in the exhibition will include:

John E Brooks, John Bryson, John Crossley, Tessa Eastman, Kate Garner, Ann Mary

Gollifer, Anne Kristine Jarulf, Claire Malet, Annie Parker, Liz Moro, Eleonore Pironneau,

Zoë Schieppati-Emery, Daniela Schneider, Anna Toppin and Henry Wilson.

The composer and pianist, Lola Perrin, who takes inspiration from contemporary visual art

and literature, will be playing a selection of piano works from her forthcoming double album

due out at the end of April.


For further information, text or images, please contact António Capelão.

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Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am till 7pm

Stimulation for the Nation: Line, form and colour | April 15 25, 2010

gallery@oxo Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH | 11am - 7.30pm

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