Thrush Holmes: What’s it all for? 31 May – 2 July, 2022 Unit London 3 Hanover Square W1S 1HD
Thrush Holmes’ first solo exhibition with Unit London, What’s it all for?, presents the artist’s continuing drive to push the limits of a familiar yet specific motif: the still life. Holmes has been incorporating neon into his work for over a decade, treating it in much the same way as he does paint.
What’s it all for? demonstrates the artist’s intimate and highly developed relationship with the material. Neon lights weave their way through each piece, creating what the artist refers to as “illuminated gestures”. In many ways, the neon material is able to express more than paint, punctuating each piece in moments of striking physicality.
Holmes considers his artworks as “ultra-graffiti”, where strips of neon slice through his compositions in an act that could almost equate to defacement. Yet a sense of balance reigns over each piece as the various mediums synchronise through complementary colours and tones. In this sense, Holmes views his artworks almost as pieces of music or theatre. Each work requires different movements or different acts to generate a dynamic and visceral viewing experience.