Monthly Archives: August 2019

Helium Sculpture

Helium Sculpture: A double-sided painting that can be hung either side. Why? Because structural expressions are made on both sides of the canvas at the same time.
Helium Sculpture: This side reveals my working notes, processes and thoughts.

Since 2004, I have been developing the idea that a different kind of aesthetic is created when events are deployed on a curved canvas (rather than a flat ‘two dimensional’ plane). The marks created in this way take on the form of the geometric profile. So when they are unraveled and stretched-out to the two dimensional picture plane, the aesthetic emerges.

I call this approach Membrane Art. As it is the curved profile of the surfaces that underpins the development of each artwork. An aesthetic thought that I continue to evolve.

This allows me to engage with the work as a three dimensional object (like a sculpturalist). Including working on the inside and outside (back) of the canvas at the same time. Achieving reciprocal marks as one expression.

However, unlike sculpting I’m always thinking about the relationship between painting and how we observe, rather than the interplay between solid and space. So the key part of my work is to return to the flat two dimensional picture plane to generate the human visual experience — observation.

An aesthetic that is deeply rooted in the present context of a ‘multi-dimensional’ universe and the way nature itself could be.

Helium Sculpture is on display at Little Bang Brewing until August 15, 2019.

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The Quantum Brushstroke

One Echo Reflection — Yellow On Silver Mirror. On display at Little Bang Brewery until August 15, 2019.
One Echo Reflection — Yellow On Silver Mirror (Catching the light)

In the 1950s and 1960s, with his work on ‘spatialism’ Lucio Fontanta gave us a new concept of space. His gestural expressions of ‘buchi and tagli’ (cuts and holes) called for a new art form that reflected and responded to the current understanding of space and time. Especially with his sharp edge cutting of the canvas, he was able to show that you can extend the 2D object into a 3D conceptual one. His work created an image through the direct engagement of both the canvas’s physical properties and the space that exists around it. In a nutshell — he made us think about the role of the surrounding space. Lucio-fontana.

Rather than the surface exposing time and space. My work ties us to it. Firstly, by creating marks in a 3D curvature construct. Reciprocal and distinct cavities develop as one expression. These marks are only possible through the advent of a curve. So when finally, we do observed the results on a 2D flattened picture plane (the switch from 3D to 2D represents the collapse of ‘probabilities’), the network of emptiness reverberates as a mirrored envelope, reflecting our ingrained version of reality.

An aesthetic that is deeply rooted in the present context of a ‘multi-dimensional’ universe and the way nature itself could be.

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