Katarzyna Coleman’s work poses a fundamental challenge. Are we looking at a scene of former industrial strength with all its inherent virtues of solid purpose and unglamorous work, or are we in the presence of precisely composed arrangements of form and tone? The answer is surely that there is no need to choose a response; we can take in both conceptions at the same time. Certainly the empty streets, bereft of human presence and the closed off vistas can suggest a timelessness even an existential mystery, but at the same time all the qualities of that long tradition of disciplined and controlled abstract art are directly recognisable in the work.
Coleman’s response to this geometry is intense, meditative and compelling