Opening in 2008 Hannah Barry Gallery grew out of a series of temporary exhibition projects. The Gallery also started Bold Tendencies, a not-for-profit arts commissioning organisation with an annual season in the rooftop spaces of Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park.

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  • Christopher Hartmann: In and out of touch, 03 June - 31 July 2021

    Christopher Hartmann

    In and out of touch, 2021

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 45.3 cm

    Courtesy the artist and Hannah Barry Gallery.

    © Hannah Barry Gallery

    Photo: Damian Griffiths.

    Christopher Hartmann: In and out of touch

    03 June - 31 July 2021
    Christopher Hartmann's paintings present us with places in which specific time and space is suspended. They are concerned with relationships, how these are shaped by contradictory forces of alienation, intimacy and dependence, and the emotional tension this instils within each of us as we negotiate their terms. Typically presented in spaces of presumed dialogue or physical interaction, Hartmann's subjects embody the desire for an authentic connection. We are voyeurs, looking on to this sense of unease and vulnerability, body and memory. Even as figures appear together, they also look as though they are alone; they evade eye contact, gazing past one another, cut from the frame altogether or staring straight through us. This misrecognition is central to their allusive character, an ambiguous and unresolvable tension in which conversation or a moment of exchange is anticipated but difficult to establish - when communication falls short and proximity to the other vanishes....