At the end of July, I was fortunate enough to be included in Luminescence, a group exhibition at the Hotel Windsor, with a $10,000 prize for the winner, to celebrate the 130th year of the hotel.
Here are a few photographs of my play with a few ideas beforehand. I was painting into photographs and imagining the lobby of the hotel with my broad strokes swathing across its ornate vaulted ceilings and walls.
While installing my latest work last week, I had one of those lovely moments where a work starts to take on its own life. It’s no longer just something I am making, it’s a thing that exists by its own volition. Yes, I admit that I am personifying the artwork, but what’s a little personification between friends?
We’re Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue is a collaborative project Polly Hollyoak and myself have been planning for a few months now. We knew we wanted to paint and installation together and formulated a plan – a game if you like, a set of constraints to follow, with which we would make our installation. We were given the rear gallery at Seventh ARI on Gertrude Street and when the day came, we got stuck into it.
Three colours, primary – red, yellow and blue. And lighter and/or darker versions of those.One person was to start with one colour, and begin painting.
Then the next person would choose a different colour and respond to the previous iteration.
Now I can share with you the other work I made for Art in Public Places, named Linked Internal Space II. It is a further iteration of Linked Internal Space I, at the Substation Transit Gallery. This link to the transit gallery billboards is done through repeated imagined constructed architectural shapes, which spill from the wall to the asphalt below.