Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London

11 Church Street, London NW8 8EE, U.K.



At VOLTA 2018 we show five artists that explore the structure and natural make of our world and their reflection on the human psyche.

Dan Maciuca’s (b. 1971, Romania) painting deal with the deconstruction of history and reality through pictorial gestures as a reaction to failed political ideologies of the 20th Century, resulting in an utopian urban and social environment that leaves the human being fragile and lost. 

Recently, Dillwyn Smith (b. 1958, United Kingdom) has been fully dedicating himself to colour and light in the purest form. Using mainly rectangular shapes of translucent textiles to develop a distinctly organic and sensual style Smith is in search for the metaphysical values of our world and its energetic fields.

Reinoud Oudshoorn (b. 1953, the Netherlands) takes the language of painting and applies it to sculpture to form a bridge between the spatial illusion of a flat surface, the concrete reality of a physical object and the infinity of our imagination. His constructions with frosted glass combine the architectural and the contemplative, the natural with the illusionary.

Thomas Müller (b. 1959, Germany) lets drawing develop in any direction, organic and gestural, always abstract and process based, in an attempt to capture the essence of drawing as such. Müller’s drawings develop different trajectories and loop in and out of dialogue to create their own idiosyncratic universe.

Sophie Bouvier Ausländer’s (b. 1970, Switzerland) latest series “Avalanche” explores the artist’s principal theme of the world as a sculpture, its changing surface a tension field between human manipulation and the forces of nature. The surfaces of maps are wiped out by an “avalanche” of colour to be then dug into partly in search of the structure beneath partly to create a new version of the world.

Dan Maciuca, Shadow and Light in Autumn, 2017, Oil on canvas, 150 x 130 cm
Dan Maciuca, The Blue Bridge, 2017, Oil on canvas, 150 x 130 cm
Dillwyn Smith, Placebo Painting, 2017, Nylons, 208 x 144 cm
Dillwyn Smith, The Perceiver of World Sounds, 2017, Nylons, 214 x 214 cm
Reinoud Oudshoorn, A-18, 2018, Iron and frosted glass, 64 x 74 x 25 cm
Reinoud Oudshoorn, D-18, 2018, Iron and frosted glass, 56 x 60 x 20 cm
Sophie Bouvier Ausländer, Avalanche, 2017, Gouache on waxed map, 106 x 74.5 cm
Sophie Bouvier Ausländer, Avalanche, 2018, Gouache on waxed map, 32 x 28 cm
Thomas Müller, Untitled, 2015, Pencil, coloured pencil, India ink, acrylic on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm
Thomas Müller, Untitled, 2017, Coloured pencil, India ink, acrylic, oil on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm