- Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2012 22:17
The London-based Riverside Artists Group (RAG) is presenting a selection of recent work by members as well as guest artist Tom Berry at the prestigious Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, W1, writes Sajid Rizvi. Most works are for sale.
The exhibition title, Fusion, draws on a phenomenon, subject and theme at the heart of physics but also is a nod to RAG itself, an organization founded with the river Thames as its key reference point. RAG over the years has drawn practitioners of diverse cultural backgrounds sharing their various approaches to art with a growing international audience.
RAG as a group exhibits sparingly -- two or three times a year -- but when it does it makes a mark. The works draw new audiences, and members often come away with their work sold to new collectors. Besides an annual group show at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, where RAG came into being in 1986, the group artists regularly exhibit in Spain and had a group show in China last year. More exciting shows are planned for later this year, as RAG's current schedule indicates.
The RAG artists' works show with inspiring clarity how approaches to art, subject matter and media can differ from artist to artist. The curating and organising of the group's shows usually is a culmination of much careful -- and collegiate -- consideration. Refreshingly, the resulting exhibitions demonstrate a unity within that diversity.
Fusion comes soon after RAG's Christmas/Winter show at the Riverside Studios, which presented much smaller works than those on display in the Institute of Physics' splendid basement gallery. Work presented at the Riverside Studios exhibition was dictated by size and shape. Each artist was asked to produce a piece of work 40 x 40cm without being bound by any other subject or stylistic condition.
Not all member artists in the group are represented at Fusion. Those exhibiting are: G Calvert, Stephen Carter, Brian Deighton, Chloe Fremantle, Maire Gartland, Heather Gordon, Aude Grasset, Anton Harding, Pauline Harding, Graham High, Martin Ireland, Suk-fan Leung, Marianne Moore, C. Morey de Morand, Jane Oldfield, Maria T Pastor, Sajid Rizvi, Brenda Sakoui, Sanja Stamenic, Jose Suarez, Yin-Jie Sun and Greta Wakil.
Wiltshire-based Tom Berry co-exhibits as a guest artist, an unusual privilege.
Fusion. Institute of Physics. 76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT. 7 February–27 April 2012. Viewing by appointment. T +44-20 7470 4871. The institute is accessible via London Underground stations Regents Park, Great Portland Street and Oxford Circus.