Even though Underworld are in the midst of prepping for the London Olympics (they’re the music directors, in case you were unaware), Karl Hyde has announced his first UK solo art exhibition taking place this summer. The exhibition titled “What’s Going on in Your Head When You’re Dancing?” — which was shown at the La Foret Museum in Tokyo — will be presented at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery in London between July 17 and 10th August.
Obligatory press gush about his work: “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. Hyde will often sit in front of the blank support, rehearsing the action he is about to take in his head before he begins the work itself, in much the same way as he rehearses the movements he will make across the stage during a performance. 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.”