The Pink Room pays homage to the colour pink by bringing together a selection of Christopher Dean’s most recent paintings. Dean started making pink monochromes in 1993 and this new series is a distillation of his formal and poetic experiments.
Art historically pink is the most unlikely colour for an abstract painting, an issue that Dean has embraced. All of the text contained in the paintings uses quotations beginning with the word ‘I’. At a casual glance it might appear that this selection of quotes form part of an artist’s statement but in actuality they have been gleaned from other people.
The work pictured, for example takes a quote from the artist Juan Davila, “I arrived in Australia as a tourist in 1974 after meeting an Australian man in Buenos Aires”. Dean’s interest in colour theory has been shaped by his commitment to what he calls “the spectrum of the colour pink”. Culturally, pink represents memory, love, sensuality and eroticism, a motif that informs the selection of quotes contained within the paintings. By linking these quotes to a single colour a direct connection is made between the physical form of the paintings and ideas guiding these works.
Christopher Dean is a well known Sydney based artist, who has exhibited widely throughout Sydney as well as in Los Angeles and New York. He is also is writer, curator and lecturer and recently achieved his PhD from CoFA, University of NSW. His works are in the collection of Artbank, Blacktown City Art Collection, Casula Powerhouse, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, Macquarie University Art Collection, National Gallery of Australia as well as numerous private collections.
15 June – 9 July 2011
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.”
Two of John Aslanidis’s remarkable large sound paintings are being exhibited side by side at COFA’s Kudos Gallery until Saturday 19 March.
These fantastic paintings “capture the evolving modulations of colour that capture the mesmerising array of sound waves that populate our environment” and are exhibited alongside video works by Denis Beaubois, Shaun Gladwell, Angelica Mesiti and Khaled Sabsabi.
Simon Blau’s new exhibition at Gallery 9 explores the nature of painting and abstraction. Blau explains: “The work is essentially about the stages in the life of a painting. How it unfolds or re-folds at various points in its development in relation to the time and placement of the viewer”
Drawing upon the history of painting, and abstract painting in particular, Simon Blau’s work tackles notions about the art object – the nature of its existence and ideas concerning materiality and immateriality. Paintings are tangible and physical: they have colours, sides and flat surfaces yet in this exhibition the works can be changed. Panels can be folded up or out revealing different colours and creating different shapes on the wall. This fluidity of form and shape is an integral part of the work. That it can be transformed according to the wishes of the viewer, provides an additional interactive aspect.
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Listen to Simon discuss abstraction tomorrow morning on fbi’s Canvas program between 10-12 – 94.5fm