Installation view, 2022. Harminder Judge, Ankles Absorbing Ash. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist. © Jules Lister

Ankles Absorbing Ash, Harminder Judge

Harminder Judge makes transportive sculptural works that simultaneously reference Indian neo-tantric painting, as well as the abstract expressionist and colourfield movements of the 20th century. His process pushes the boundaries of what painting can be and involves layering pigments into pools of wet plaster followed by prolonged periods of excavation (sanding, oiling and polishing). Colour, forms, and compositions are then revealed and intensify over time. This results in a gleaming, vibrating surface, with a solid granite-like depth beneath. Referring to his work not as paintings but portals they offer us a wide plane to look through, allowing for broader contemplation to take place.

For Humber Street Gallery, Judge reflected on a pivotal moment in his teenage years. At 15, he took part in the funeral rites of his Grandfather. After the cremation ceremony, he collected his Grandfather’s ashes, bone fragments and jewellery. This physical and spiritual transformation of body becoming ash, of material becoming immaterial, physical becoming metaphysical, are themes which have underpinned his practice over the last few years.

 This exhibition was commissioned by Humber Street Gallery and was made possible by the generous support of The Sunday Painter, London.

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Exhibition Launch Party

Thursday 28 April 2022
Humber Street Gallery
No booking required

We celebrated the opening of our exhibitions at Humber Street Gallery, Ankles Absorbing Ash by Harminder Judge and the INTER_CHANGE Showcase.

This event was a chance to meet the artists, visit both exhibitions and to bring people together from across the city for a drink or two.


Artist bio

Harminder Judge. b.1982 Rotherham, now lives and works in London. He graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in London in 2021. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include The Sunday Painter, London, UK, 2022, Am I Human To You?, Jugendstilsenteret & Kube Museum, Ålesund, Norway, 2021, Tomorrow: London, White Cube, London, UK, 2020, Our Ashes Make Great Fertilizer (co-curated group), Public Gallery, London, UK, 2020, At Home in the Universe, alongside Mahriwan Mamtani, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India, 2019.

27 April – 26 June 2022


Space 1, Humber Street Gallery

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