Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Pass It On

Pass It On is a group exhibition at Verge Gallery featuring work from Sydney College of the Arts students and alumni. Including Anna McMahon, Isobel Parker Philip, Jess Bradford, Richard Kean, THEnguyens, Del Lumanta, Carla Liesch, and myself.

I will be showing my Instagram work Scum Street Scum. A sixty page, limited edition book of the work will be available from the gallery.

Thanks to curator SiƄn McIntyre for all the help during install.

Opens July 30, from 6pm.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Gel Geode

Transparency (cellulose acetate), sticky tape, plastic shopping bag, and scented styling gel.

This geodal structure is a prototype, a continuation of the series through variations in form, and material. The polyhedral shell is constructed from 72 transparent triangles, with the vertices highlighted by a gel that sits between the walls and the lining.

A platonic solid, this icosahedral figure is an entity from the metaphysical realm of the Forms. The abstract structure is an object of the mind revealed, like a shared hallucination. A form constant, one of several geometric lattice patterns, which usually only emerge during altered states of consciousness.


Friday, 4 April 2014

Spatial Order II

Pen, ink and gouache on paper.

Drawings that started as plans intended for paintings, have become independently interesting. These extruded structural forms, iterations in a serial process, follow an evolving system of rules.

Balancing complexity as it builds, I can see future patterns.


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Zeno's Pyramid

Ink and acrylic on board.

The first in a series, these paintings on shaped board use the polygons edge to determine the structures within. Leaving sections of the timber surface exposed, the painted lines extrude impossible figures, that inhabit a dynamic space within the surface.

Like Zeno's paradoxes, these paintings have no definite end. For every step taken, we must first reach half of that step, and so on, and so on. The line extends upward folding in on itself, knotting tighter and tighter as it rises, yet remains unfinished, like a pyramid without a capstone.


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Spatial Order

Pen, ink and gouache on paper.

These sketches are working compositions for a series of paintings I am currently producing. The paintings are ink and acrylic on board, and the boards have been shaped (similar to the outlines of these drawings).

The lines follow invisible grids, isometric geometries within defined spaces. Hard edge axes act like beams of colour, that bleed away into subtle gradients.


Monday, 17 February 2014

Sleep Patterns

Watercolour, ink and pencil on paper, with digital reflection.

Building these amorphous structures with paint is a highly repetitive activity, and I find that it dominates my vision as I grow drowsy. Closing my eyes the painting continues as a form of hypnagogic hallucination. The pattern is animated in this dreamlike state, as I lay with a diffuse-absorbed attention.

The sequence continues in this cycle. The vision of an image to capture, painting towards that image until tired, hallucinating the continued growth of the image, and the bifurcation of a new image.


Thursday, 23 January 2014

Witch Hat II

Traffic cone with metallised film (cask wine plastic bladder).

Highly visible, the traffic cone spends most of its day standing still, marking hazards or redirecting traffic. Silently involved with the work of others, it stands lost in thought, disconnected from reality.

Staring back at the cone, it becomes an object of dissociation. Transmitting a tranquil silence where contact with reality is blurred.