In Conversation: Landon Metz and Fi Churchman

Landon Metz, MMXXIV XXXIII, 2024, acrylic wash on canvas, 118.1 x 282 cm. Photo: New Document. Courtesy Waddington Custot

Join Landon Metz and ArtReview Editor Fi Churchman in conversation at Waddington Custot, London on 20 June, 6:15pm

Join us on the occasion of New York-based painter Landon Metz’s second exhibition at Waddington Custot, with an introduction to the show from the artist in conversation with ArtReview Editor Fi Churchman at 6.15pm on 20 June 2024.


MMXXIV XXVI, 2024, acrylic wash on canvas, 92.1 x 147.40 cm Photo: New Document. Courtesy Waddington Custot

In his upcoming show, Metz proposes a visual aesthetic for an alternative mode of being to the fast-paced hullabaloo of modern urban life. In abstract, languid paintings, Metz pursues a tranquility of form and colour, which viewers are encouraged to experience in a moment of stillness.

Metz cites as a key influence the American avant-garde composer John Cage, who suggested that in ‘listening’ to silence, we become far more perceptive to the ambient noises that surround us at any given moment. Metz translates Cage’s idea to space and canvas, the abstract shapes in his paintings appearing by turns enigmatic, like passing clouds, or suspenseful, like pockets of air trapped beneath a sealed-off surface.

Like Helen Frankenthaler, another of the artist’s influences, Metz achieves his abstract forms by the soak-stain method: pouring thinned paint onto unprimed, horizontal canvas. Works are hung floor-to-ceiling above one another, or beside one another; while others appear to fold around corners of the room.

Photo: Hannah Kristina Metz
Landon Metz’s New York studio, 2024. Photo: New Document. Courtesy Waddington Custot

Waddington Custot was formed in 2010 through the partnership of French art dealer Stephane Custot and long-time London art dealer Leslie Waddington. Located in Cork Street since 1958, formerly as Waddington Galleries, the gallery has a long-held focus on works by modern and contemporary artists, with a particular focus on monumental sculpture.

Landon Metz at Waddington Custot, London, 21 June – 9 August 2024

Private View: 6–8.30pm
Waddington Custot
11 Cork Street
London W1S 3LT

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