Matthew Hopkins’ Ascending Head #5 is illustrating an article by Glenn Barkley about outsider art in in Australian context. Outsider art has had a significant impact on Hopkins’ practice and the article discusses this and Hopkins’ collaboration with John Ellenden an artist from House With No Steps.
Art & Australia 48 No 4
Thanks to Peter Fay for his post on Gallery 9’s current show by the eminent landscape painter Michael Taylor
“He might well be advancing in years,but Michael Taylor’s new canvasses at Gallery 9 look as if they could have been painted by someone full of the feelings of youth. There is a wonderful freshness and vivacity in most of these works. Michael does sound a few deeper notes that hold a sense of warning of the coming of darker times, but for the most part these works are such a tonic for lovers of good painting.
As you look at the show you will understand why James Mollison named Michael one of the greats of Australian abstract painting.”
Adam Norton, On Mars... 2010
Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art explores a spectrum of seductive, terrifying and fantastic potential futures. The exhibition presents new and existing work by eleven Australian artists including time machines, handmade robots, meteorological instruments, interplanetary communication devices, a mars gravity simulator, wearable technologies and apocalyptic visions.
Awfully Wonderful features a diverse public program including screenings of Philip Brophy’s Northern Void and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis in the ClubHouse. There are opportunities for discussion and discourse with artist and curator tours, a RealTime Forum, a Speculative Futures Symposium and an interpretation session by scientists. Don’t miss Adam Norton’s Mars Gravity Simulator every Saturday from 11am-12pm.
Artists: Philip Brophy, Eugene Carchesio, Haines + Hinterding, Deborah Kelly, Jo Law, David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton, Ms&Mr, Hayden Fowler, Ian Haig, Adam Norton, Sam Smith and Simon Yates.
Performance Space at Carriageworks
245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
15 April – 14 May
Opening night: Thursday 14 April 6pm
Artist & Curator tour Friday 15 April 5pm
Red Headed Mouse Spider 2010
Oil on linen
122 x 122 cm
These new paintings are not varnished but the surface is worked up through a large number of thin glazes which develop the tone and complexity of the palette, often warm/cold alternations. Its important to clarify that these works aren’t simply a matte painting varnished to gloss, but rather the process of paint application which develops the lustre and also transparency of the surface. I am using a limited palette of only Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow and Pthalo Blue – and the white of the primed canvas – a kinda’ chiaroscuro in reverse as the initial gesso remains as the lightest sections of the composition.
The works What is planning for his next exhibition will further this technique and will range from figurative to abstraction.
Craig’s classic rooster paintings are part of a commission for Biota Dining a new restaurant due to open this month in Kangaloon Road, Bowral.