Sunday, 10 December 2017

Kathryn Cowen

Link to artist's site

02 December - 6 January      #Otherworlds

Kathryn Cowen. #Otherworlds {in daylight}
2017. Ultraviolet light, posca pen, acrylic, aerosol, and fluorescent paint on board. 1.5x2 m

Kathryn Cowen. #Otherworlds {at dusk}
2017. Ultraviolet light, posca pen, acrylic, aerosol, and fluorescent paint on board. 1.5x2m

This large scale landscape in an amalgam of disparate elements gleaned from a variety of sources. The intention was to create a strange environment that is  inspired by the world and yet presents a portal to an alternate reality; a meeting place of the real and the imagined.

This painting installation is an experiment. For the first time I have incorporated light as a medium. In order to further explore my interest in time, space, place and memory; two versions of the landscape are held within the one painting. The reading of the work will morph from day to night. Once darkness descends, ultraviolet light interacts with the painted work in order to transform the space and reveal an alternate dimension, a world that is “Other”.

#Otherworlds. 2017. Installation view in daylight.

#Otherworlds. 2017. Installation view at dusk.

With thanks to Tony Twigg for providing a venue to bring art to the street and so
generously accommodating this crazy experiment at SLOT.

And to my partner in life and love, Matt Macadam. Without his encouragement, support, lighting and installation skills this project could not have been realised.

Kathryn Cowen
December 2017

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Jack Frawley

11 November - 02 December      Blessed




Jack Frawley. The Persecuted. 2017.


Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

                                                                                                                       Matthew 5 : 3-10

Jack Frawley. The Blessed. 2017. Coloured Print.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Melbourne Aquino

22 October - 11th November           Pinoy Cubism


Melbourne Aquino’s painting is derived from the urban environment of Manila, which it’s self is the basis of the Filipino understanding of Cubism. Historically described as Barong Barong this kind of painting draws a graphic parallel between the shanties of the city and the faceted surfaces of cubist paintings. More importantly there is a dialogue between the constructive inventiveness brought to found objects by Cubism and the inventiveness of necessity applied to the traditional Filipino Balai or house re-interpreted with available or found materials in the urban environment. Aquino’s paintings that obviously refer to overlaid and torn posters connect this intuitive cognizance of Cubism to the arresting beauty of dilapidation that is the patina of Manila.

Melbourne Aquino. D CV2 VIVA-13.
I came across Aquino’s painting in a group exhibition at the Astra Gallery in Makati, Metro Manila. When I made the obvious association with torn posters he was quick to point out that his work is all paint. Then looking closely at the works I realized that I was observing a mode of painting rather than the representation of an image.  These graphically alert paintings hover at an edge, between representation and process, between what we know and what we assume we know. They are beguiling in their beauty and instinctively honest abstract paintings.

There was treat waiting for me when I mentioned to Aquino that I’d like to see more of his work. Quietly he handed me an iPhone and I started swiping. I collected a cold beer, found a quiet corner and went on swiping, and then swiped some more.

Melbourne Aquino. B CV2 VIVA-7.
Melbourne Aquino. C CV2 VIVA-12

I wasn’t looking at two paintings by a young artist in a group exhibition. I was looking at years of intently focused engagement with a process and an image that had been explored with meticulous, detailed observations. Like artists before him, Aquino has laid claim to his imagery. These are not paintings of torn posters; they are of torn posters reminiscent of Melbourne Aquino’s paintings.

-Tony Twigg