Paul Carey-Kent   Derek Mainella : Infinity Poison
9 January 2016

Artist Andy Wicks has set up a project space in a café basement, and the first show there makes the best of its windowlessness by showing paintings lit only by the video flames made by a futile attempt to burn MDF furniture, the ‘infinity poison’ of the title. Canadian Derek Mainella’s attractively constructed semi-flourescent abstracts loll out to suggest tongues, faces and trippy pills. As you join them ranged around the IKEA fire, you can also eat a banana, the artist having linked the environmental effect of hard-to-dispose-of modern materials to the genetic vulnerability of the inbred plantain variety on which he recently lived almost exclusively. Quite a few exhibitions of paintings look better in the dark: this one’s meant to, but actually I liked the works as exposed by my flash…