David Zwirner will present an exhibition of new paintings by Belgian-born, New York–based artist Harold Ancart. This will mark the artist’s first solo presentation in the United Kingdom.
Ancart began painting icebergs in January 2018 in response to a glacial winter in New York, where the artist is based. These new works will be on view in Freeze, Ancart’s first exhibition in the United Kingdom as well as his first presentation at the gallery. The title of the exhibition refers not only to cold temperature but also to the command not to move.
Ancart paints subjects that naturally invite contemplation such as the horizon, clouds, flowers, or flames. Mankind has gathered around a flickering flame for millennia, weaving stories and creating myth, while the flame generates faces and figures as it moves. Clouds, mountains, and icebergs function in the same anthropomorphic way. According to the artist, they carry many faces and tell many stories.
Image: Installation view, Harold Ancart: Freeze, David Zwirner, London, 2018.
"You never know what the painting is going to look like. You may have predetermined ideas, but those ideas are never to be reached, and that is the beauty of it—the privilege of entering new, unconquerable, unthinkable territories. This implies that one must be ready to get lost. That is what exploration is about. The untold, the unfolded, the unknown."
"I have always painted following the movements of my arm, just as I write following the sound of my head. My paintings look like my paintings because of who I am. . . . People are dead scared of the moves that make them unique. They are also very scared of the sound of their own heads. They believe things need to be culturally validated before they can carry them out. Stand for those things. Fight for them."