Graham Day: Plato's Shadow

“In Honour Of all Those Fond of the Free Arts”
During the months of November and December 2004, Studio Caparrelli will be showing a further collaboration with English artist Graham Day, presenting an exhibition of his latest work.

Continuing to develop his interest in geometric figures and solids, with his latest work entitled PLATO’S SHADOW, Graham Day invites gallery-goers to further speculate about illusion and reality. His interest and fascination with science, Western and Oriental philosophy and religion have always been central to the artist’s work, alongside the use of different techniques, media and papers (Chinese, Indian and European) ranging from 17th to 20th century.

The works on show are large painted wooden reliefs (and exquisite miniature versions on antique paper) of the Five Regular Volumes – geometric shapes that were considered by the ancient Greeks to be the basic building blocks of the universe. 2,500 years and numerous eccentric theories later, these archaic geometrical shapes appear now clearly as simple facts of symmetry in space; as human inventions, unattainable exactly in nature, no longer symbolic or archetypal.

Day’s innovative version of these forms stand proud on the gallery walls, on metal brackets that can be angled to produce shadows of themselves, thus adding to the visual play and optical illusions they already offer. They also cleverly- and ironically - reference one of the basis of Plato’s philosophy: the idea that what we see is merely a reflection of an ideal world that is only realizable via our intellect.

The shadows of Day’s reliefs originate from an object that is a flat piece of wood whose lines are derived from a projected photograph of a drawing of an object that was originally flat.
What we see depends on what we know.

Born in London in 1946, Graham Day studied Fine Art at the Bath Academy of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. His work is to be found in many significant collections including those of MOMA in New York, the British Library, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Private View
Tuesday 16th November 2004
6,30 - 10 pm
Exhibition: Wednesday 17th November – Saturday18th December 2004
Opening times: Thursday and Friday 10am – 6 pm or any other day by appointment
Location: Studio Caparrelli, Suite 3 - 69 Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4JZ
Telephone: 020 7370 3850 Email: info@studiocaparrelli.com

17 November - 18 December 2004