Since opening the gallery in 2010 Blain|Southern have impressed with their distinct curation of progressive themes. Their current group show, The Space Where I am, is no exception to their past success. The show offers an investigation into the concept of emptiness and the void in contemporary art, from the early 1960s till the present day. Taking it's title from Gaston Bachelard’s book The Poetics of Space, which explained the lived in experience of space, and a text in which the author stated ‘it is better to live in a state of impermanence than in one of finality’, the show features work from Gerhard Richter, Donald Judd, Rachel Whiteread and James Turrell. The latter’s Pullen (Red) exploring space, light and relative experience.

Lucio Fontana’s Concetto Spazia is a highlight. This bright and audacious piece looks at the very concept of 3D representations in art — while Fontana’s slashed lines could be interpreted as aggressive, in them he questions the notion of personal space in modern society, essentially opening this question up to the audience. A contribution from Rosy Keyser goes beyond the canvas, exemplifying her interests in human boundaries and our interest in what surrounds us. These pieces teach us that absence can lead to space, and further establishes Blain|Southern as one of the key London galleries.

The Space Where I am, until 27 September at Blain|Southern