Sam Cornish writes about a recent memorial show of works by Geoffrey Rigden (1943-2016) at APT Gallery, London.
Cornish notes that “Rigden’s work has always remained strikingly his own, idiosyncratic and hard to categorise. It is also not easy to digest. Visually compelling, his paintings give the impression of holding something in reserve. Even at their most reductively geometric they are only deceptively simple. On closer inspection, a flatly applied layer of paint only partially hides a large number of predecessors. What may initially appear regular is always just off being so. Symmetries are asymmetries, framing edges gently bulge, each member of a cruciform arrangement of circles quietly and almost imperceptibly pushes in a different direction.”