4th October - 21st October 2012
Opening 6pm Thursday 4th October
Image:Matthew Allen, Cream Over Blue, 2011
'PAINTING AS PRESENCE’ Maria Gorton, Marisa Purcell & Matthew Allen
‘'Painting as Presence' includes work by Matthew Allen, Marisa Purcell and Maria Gorton. This is the artists' second collaborative exhibition and continues themes of a non-dual approach to the working practice.
The three painters share an approach that is concentrated on the sensitive energy of the painterly within the classical rectilinear conception of the picture. Employing elements such as the monochrome, gesture, geometry and optical effect of colour and space, the painters seek to create paintings that afford the viewer a sustained state of seeing and contemplation.
Gorton’s paintings, at first, appear to take the form of landscape and architectural spaces, however on closer viewing, they reveal themselves to be metaphorical readings of the void. The paintings transport you into a space that is not quite of this world, prompting glimpses into the interior domain from which they are drawn.
Purcell’s paintings enter into a representation of rhythm and flux, quanta and the naturally bendable force of time. The paintings provide a space that allows invisible elements to become visible. Colour oscillates as if to emphasise the inherent abstraction of the natural world. The action of painting determines a physical connection to the very essence of the world it aims to depict.
Allen's paintings are constructed by allowing a fluid transparent glaze coat to flow over a coloured ground creating a subtle interplay between the colours presented. The paintings operate on a tension between a concrete physicality emphasised by their process and the suggestion of pictorial depth generated by the colour relationships produced. Allen's painting practice is a disciplined consideration of the phenomenology of colour bound to the painted object and seeks to evince a state of embodied perception.
Matthew Allen and Maria Gorton
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Tiffany Shafran, "Adventure Sampler #15", 2012
Digital print and embroidery floss on archival paper, 11 cm x 17.5 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Spiro Grace Art Rooms
'The horizon is a fiction’ Tiffany Shafran
The horizon is a fiction, presents new work that continues Tiffany Shafran's ongoing exploration into the personal collection as a site of counter memory. For this exhibition at MOP Projects, Shafran inverts the notion of the personal collection as a desire to reconstruct the past as our own. Through a process of discovery in which found imagery acts as prompts, Shafran conflates authenticity, anonymity, history and memory to create an evolving set of images through colour and pattern.
Tiffany Shafran is a Toowoomba based artist whose work investigates archival failure, aspects of nostalgia and the aesthetics of superfluity. Shafran received her PhD from the University of Southern Queensland in 2012 and has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Churchie National Emerging Art Exhibition, Brisbane and the Nordic Art Fair, Copenhagen. Shafran is represented by Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Brisbane.