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'Moves Like Water' An Amazing Art Exhibition by Constance Regardsoe & Lee Putman in London



The development of the camera revolutionized the art world. For the first time, humans could gather true-to-life images, with growing immediacy, of the world around them. Much discussion has centered around what painting lost with the development of the camera, but it is worth considering what the development of photography offered. What would Degas' dancer series have looked like if the artist had access to not only his memory and perception of movement, but photographic documentation capturing exact nuances? How would human perception of water been changed if artists had been able to capture its precise patterns and intricacies? How would artists have contended with the task of depicting subjects that are inherently about movement, on the two dimensional medium of paint and canvas?




The two artists behind 'Moves like water', Lee Putman and Constance Regardsoe are trying to answer these these questions whilst exploring two very different subjects, swimmers and water, and contemporary hip hop dance. For both artists the process begins by using photography as an initial reference, from which they develop a response with paint, in a representational yet figurative style.


It was the Curious Kudu Gallery, London where the eminent artists Constance Regardsoe and Lee Putman jointly exhibited their amazing artworks in April, 2023.



Both artists are interested in how fascinating links can be drawn between seemingly divergent subjects when one takes the time to observe. The juxtaposition of intensely fluid, and sharp and jagged movements featured in hip-hop and popping mirrors the simultaneously tranquil then violent undulations of water. Both painters are grappling with the fascinating challenge of depicting something intrinsically about movement within the confines of a stationary medium, whilst celebrating motion and the body.



Retro Kolkata : First of all, Congratulations on your ongoing Art Exhibition named ‘Moves Like Water’ at Curious Kudu, London with the eminent artist Lee Putman. How did this show come to reality?

Constance : Thanks so much. I had a colleague who had exhibited at Curious Kudu a year previously. I visited the opening night of her show, and she recommended me to the gallery. I presented my works to Kudu, and the owner Chris was impressed and offered me a slot. Kudu offers the space to artists for a whole month, but asks artists to show in pairs, which I actually think is a very wise decision on their part.


I'd met Lee six months ago at an art fair, and even though we barely knew each other, I was really impressed by his work and his approach to it, so I thought of him. I was also trying to think of an artist whose work I could make a unique and interesting link with. Though we explore very different subjects (swimmers and water, and street dance) there are some important similarities - we both start with photography as a reference, and use it as a tool to capture and understand a subject that's very closely connected to movement, and then we both try to express the subject within the confines of a two-dimensional medium. Both our works would look very different if you couldn't use photography as a tool. I think we were both interested in the idea of putting two seemingly divergent subjects into the same space, and