Henrijs Preiss' practice is inspired by urban architecture and how it unravels layers of Histories. Specifically, he is fascinated by the monumental ideas and concept which underpin the great city structures and the reality of their inherent chaos and decay.
This fundamentally informs the composition of his work and how each piece and each element of each piece sits (un)comfortably beside and/or within one another. He examines a very broad framework of art history to identify common elements (motifs, compositions, colour schemes and symbolism) that arise time and again over the centuries and throughout seemingly disparate and disconnected cultures. Once identified, Henri abstract this language down to its most basic visual components, and then recombine them into complex, multi-layered pieces that aims to tap into archetypal visual and aesthetic language.
Preiss' work has been exhibited at the Saatchi and Whitechapel Galleries.
Exhibition runs from 2nd August - 23rd August 2013
Private view: Thursday 1st August 2013, 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
Gallery viewing by appointment.