Sunday, 20 August 2017


Acrylic and Posca on board. (90cm x 60)

This painting continues the logic of the Square Wave compositions. An underlying structure camouflaged by a repetitive sequence of lines that follow the contours of the previous line, rapidly distorting from a starting, straight line that undulates into a soft rippled wave.

I see a limitation within the composition and a space for variation within the colour, yet I feel this work beginning to complicate itself. I will follow its lead by making drawings and see where this takes me...

©ADG 2017

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Square Waves

After making drawings for my last work Screen Loop, I became interested to see how much variation I could find within the parameters of square edged, right-angled compositions. These lines operate more like closed loops or the lemniscate [ ∞ ]  with illusory connexions hidden behind the visible structure.

During this process I began experimenting with colouring the compositions and saw that the strangeness of a freehand wobbling lines of alternating colours contained within the hard edge of the composition was a compelling extension of this logic.

After the small texta drawings (image 3) I moved to a larger drawing working with oil pastel on board (image 2). The oil pastel has a nice quality in the mixing of colours where they touch each other and overlap. This showed me more clearly what was possible with this technique and impelled me to go on.

Next I made another drawing on board, this time using Posca paint markers (image 1). The Posca comes out with vibrant hard edges, and the colour is more uniform and cleaner than the oil pastel.

I now intend to make a new painting in this style, using acrylic paint and have devised a system for its production. The working out and discovery of new logical systems that generate unpredictable images of controlled chaos is always a thrilling experience for me.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Loose Parts

Screen Loop, acrylic, pine and fly screen, 2017. [90 x 60cm approx]

After deconstructing the work from my show Material Figments, all that was left were these coloured beams of various lengths laying on my studio floor like a partial set of over-sized cuisenaire rods. In thinking about what to do with these loose parts I started moving them around and making new arrangements through drawing. I began to devise a line that would hang flat on the wall in snaking segments. Manipulating these segments into forms of rotational symmetry led to a closed shape that bends around itself.

I immediately recalled work I had made as an undergraduate inspired by the decorative screen door of the house I grew up in. I decided to use the fly screen knowing that where the material overlaps it interacts with itself creating beautiful shifting moirĂ© patterns as you move around.

This prototype is a first experiment in (re)using fly screen, and another fascinating amalgamation of old work into new forms.


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Three Nines

999, acrylic and ink on board. [40 x 30 cm]

This series directly relates to the work I made at Our Neon Foe last month, it is what happens when the expanded field collapses. These paintings are a product of the thinking in that work, the collapsed remains of that thought.

The colours of the beams change in sequence like the colours of the sculpture I constructed and the ground mimics the wall painting, although now in the malleable space of the painting the ground twists with the beams, further distorting the possibility of its form.


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Lock Screen III

Vector illustration with digital collage, (1136 x 640 326 ppi).

These images fit the specs of an iPhone 5 screen (my current model) to serve as a wallpaper for both the lock screen and the home screen. The altered colours of the second image (and burred resolution) facilitate a subtle transition to the home screen, as animated by the standard operating system of the phone.

This is the third composition for iPhone I have made, and this time it is purely digital, with the vector paths drawn in Adobe illustrator and the background skin a pixel sorted image made from a digital photograph I took with my iPhone. Pixel sorting is a method of distorting an image by shifting the positions of pixels using a code. I manipulated my photograph using a program called Processing and an open-source script written by experimental media artist Kim Asendorf.

These two images are free to use as your own lock screen and home screen backgrounds.


Monday, 10 April 2017

Material Figments

Material Figments, 2017. Acrylic, pine, nails, liquid nails, screws and play dough. [installation view]

Unnamed Imaginary Exhibition, currently on view at Our Neon Foe, 411 Parramatta Rd Leichhardt.

To make something for the gallery space, a shop front window facing onto Parramatta road, I conceived of a painting in exploded view. Working from an image in my mind, I saw the wall parallel to the window as the ground of the painting and the geometries of the tiled floor as a grid from which linear structures could extend up, out and around in three dimensions.
I played with elements of symmetries, colour and depth, where painted surfaces interact with hand made structures of wood and play dough. This was an opportunity to experiment with ideas of painting and the expanded field, utilizing the entire gallery space to make a site-specific installation. Images from my mind extend out, and balance into reality.

The exhibition is open on week ends, 11am to 5pm until the 16th of April.


Friday, 3 March 2017

Finger Painting

These digital images were made using a free drawing app for iPhone called Brushes.

It is a simple interface with a few variations of pixelated brush tips to choose from which limits your gestures to dragging a finger across the small screen of the smartphone.

I have been using this app to experiment with colour combinations intended to be translated into my paintings, and I find having the colour wheel to select from extremely useful.

Drawing in this way sacrifices the precision of working with a pen or brush but retains the enjoyment of drawing with immediacy and vibrant colour.