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Hanna Ten Doornkaat

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Doornkaat's intricate drawings explore mark-making as compound memory. Constructed from layer upon layer of rectilinear geometries, obsessively serialised marks and lines, her work incorporates process as signifier of human response to both the experiential, as defined by materials and memory, and the mind’s abstract construction of form and meaning.

The Greek made a great discovery. They discovered that in Nature there are no perfect circles or straight lines or equal spaces. Yet...in their minds they could see them and...they were then able to make them.”  

"When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection." Agnes Martin.

Ten Doornkaat's complex layering of grid and patchwork motifs create a tense interplay between intuitive, subjective responses to colour, space, texture and mechanical process. Whether shaped by the rhythmic pulsation of industrial hand tools as in the ‘Drill Drawings’ or the obsessive construction of perfect grids and chromatic harmonies each approach to the sublime of perfect form is repeated endlessly as the seeming real is lost, then recovered, resulting in repetitive layering and scratching away. Thus, a self-perpetuating ontological dialogue is created with the resulting ripped, torn, sanded or collaged surfaces that both create and reveal a dense archaeology of memory and tantalisingly elusive signification. Each lost silent utterance holds memory of its own. It is this memory, memory as space and presence that is the very essence of what she seeks: an ontological space for the process of drawing itself.

Martin Kerrison (artist and art historian)

 

2015

Nassau 42 Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London Leyden Gallery, London, Platform for emerging artists Jerwood Drawing Prize, London National Open Art Competition, RCA London Lines for Agnes, The Crypt, St Marylebone Church, London Leyden Gallery, London, Winter Salon

shortlisted for Beers London Open, Contemporary Vision VI

2014 shortlisted for National Open Art Competition 2014 BBK Art in transit, Oldenburg, Germany ZAP Zeitgeist summer exhibition, London Galleryeight, Drawing Abroad, Sydney, Australia AFFORDABLE ART FAIR Singapore with Rebeccsa Hossack Gallery London, New York Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Conway Street,2014 Art Fair, London Drawings by Paul Lee,Rachel Pearcey, Hanna ten Doornkaat 54 The Gallery, Mayfair, London Drawn to Abstraction, Orleans House Gallery(Stables), Twickenham Drawn Together, Riverside Gallery, Richmond

2013 The Other Art Fair, London UAMO City Tour 2012/2013, Signal Gallery, London UAMO City Tour, Munich/Germany Art@Baker Tilly, Guildford

2012 Out of Hours @ THE CANBURY ARMS, Kingston The Cork Street Open Exhibition Prize Winners’ Show

2011 KAOS Exhibition, Market Hall, Kingston upon Thames ‘Economy’, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Canada Spaces, Marks and Mediation,Gallery63a, Kingston upon Thames CORK STREET OPEN 2011, LONDON (drawing prize award) WHY Cameras? Not Bread?, The Strand Gallery, London (curation of exhibition and collaboration with and installation of work by Koran sculptor Paul Lee) KAOS Exhibition, KINGSTON UPON THAMES shortlisted for National Open Art Competition 2011

2010 CORK STREET OPEN 2010, LONDON LANDMARK ARTS CENTER, TEDDINGTON shortlisted for National Open Art Competition 2010

2009 LITTLE WOMEN, 13th WOMEN’S WORK EXHIBITION, ANDOVER

2008 CANTERBURY ART FAIR

2007 KINGSTON OPEN, STANLEY PICKER GALLERY
2006 KINGSTON OPEN, STANLEY PICKER GALLERY
2005 TOILET GALLERY, KINGSTON
2004 ART, AGE AND GENDER, THE CORN EXCHANGE, NEW GREENHAM GALLERY, NEWBURY ART, AGE AND GENDER, THE USHER GALLERY, LINCOLN FABRICATIONS, REDGATE GALLERY, LONDON GHOST, THE HOUSE GALLERY, LONDON 2004
2003 INTO THE WILDERNESS, STROUD HOUSE GALLERY, Stroud DEGREE SHOW WIMBLEDON SCHOOL OF ART
2002 TOP FLOOR, WIMBLEDON LIBRARY ART, AGE AND GENDER, ORLEANS HOUSE GALLERY, LONDON (a group show selected by Germaine Greer and Jenny Saville) FOYER GROUP SHOW, WIMBLEDON SCHOOL OF ART, WIMBLEDON OPEN HOUSE AT 9 FLORENCE TERRACE, ROEHAMPTON, LONDON
2001 ARTHOUSE EVENT, RICHMOND
1999 OPEN STUDIO EXHIBITION, SCULPTURE HOUSE, KINGSTON ART FOR US ALL, RIVERSIDE STUDIO GALLERY, LONDON
1998 TILTED EDGE, SMALL MANSION ART GALLERY, LONDON GPO, KINGSTON SE1 GALLERY, LONDON BA GRADUATE SHOW, KINGSTON UNIVERSITY

1997 GPO, KINGSTON

1996 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS, KNIGHTS PARK GALLERY, KINGSTON

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2004 HAUNTED, FOCAL POINT GALLERY, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA HAUNTED, THE GALLERY, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

2002 NATURA MORTA, RAUM2, MANNHEIM, GERMANY

1999 SCAPES, CABLE STREET GALLERY, LONDON

WORKSHOPS: 2001 AIAS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT ART SCHOOLS: IDENTITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE, THE DRAWN, THE MADE, THE PERFORMED

LECTURES: 2002 ARTIST TECHNIQUES, BIRKBECK UNIVERSITY, LONDON

PUBLICATIONS: ART, AGE AND GENDER SOURCE,PHOTOGRAPHIC REVIEW, ISSUE 39, SUMMER 2004 ‘Metropolis becomes Apocalypse’, something dark,webmagazine, March 2012 issue

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