Furniture Gallery presents Georgia Arnold, Nicholas Pound, Chris Peckham and Olyvia Hong
"Furniture Gallery’s presentation of work by Georgia Arnold, Nicholas Pound, Chris Peckham and Olyvia Hong reflects a basic concern with style, of thinking disclosed through the peculiarities of formative gesture, their complementary arrangement disclosing the differential idiosyncrasies of each artist’s personal touch. Displayed within the conceit of an indoor pebble garden, each work’s characteristic knot of haptic qualities becomes an expressive instance of contained and cultivated nature, a combination of ‘organic’ manual textures and intelligences arranged under the harsh artificial light of a curiously antiseptic digital enclosure.
Georgia Arnold’s work is especially suited to this framing, having previously described her own work as an extended drawing practice modelled on the formally generative potential of gardens and gardening, in which one practically encounters distinctions between contained, cultivated and pruned plots and the sinuous lines of unruly natural growth which sprout up within them. Her distribution across mediums and materials seems rooted in the perceptual ambiguities of the figure-ground relations that she frequently describes in her drawings which so readily lend themselves to conceptualisation through the garden metaphor, where the formal play of abstraction and figuration, presence and absence, colour and line, control and automatism, in their quivering indistinction, yield a variety of fuzzily drawn motifs – nonsensical pictograms with a sunny psychedelic quality that are by turns aggregated or disengaged, as in her sculptures and charms, from their fertile graphic substrate."
Excerpt from Shiraz Sadikeen on Furniture Gallery