More than a one trick pony, Karl Hyde of Underworld fame just launched a new exhibition at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery in London. “What's Going on in Your Head When You're Dancing?” features recent paintings by Karl Hyde. Although Hyde has often exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, this will be his first exhibition of paintings in the UK and features the work that was shown at his first ever one-man painting show at the La Foret Museum in Tokyo last year.
Hyde's large-scale paintings, diptych and triptychs, are entirely abstract gestural works, which have an affinity to both abstract expressionism and Japanese calligraphy. Painted on paper or packing cardboard with very large soft brushes and drawn into with charcoal and pastel, in some works one single gesture runs the length of the surface, in others marks combine into something more rhythmically complex. In the exhibition these paintings will be accompanied by more intimate pencil drawings and scroll like works in pencil and gouache on Japanese fold-out books, which describe driving through the chaotic urban environment of cities such as Tokyo and Miami.
Hyde explains how he started producing his own paintings:
When a translator was relating my answers to interviewers, I put a pencil and a piece of paper in my hands, and what started to come out was the same marks I saw in my head while I was dancing with the group onstage. So I thought, Well, this is curious, and I just kept going on with it, really; developing it from there and working with pieces of all sizes.
The show will run from now until August 10.