Painting 1 - Edge, Angle, Grid

Organised by Tom Loveday

March 27th – April 18th, 2015

Painting Forever, Edge, Angle and Grid at William Wright Artists Projects (91 Stanley Street, East Sydney) from March 25th – April 18th brings together a selection of works in which three formal aspects of painting, edge, angle and grid are an interest among certain Sydney based artists.

Painting Forever, Edge, Angle and Grid shows how the persistence of these three figures follows generations of painters connected by a common interest in abstraction. In each case, edge, angle and grid are treated as both formal and critical features in painting. Indeed, the formal qualities of painting become its critical qualities. Edges are crossed, angles as bent and grids distorted. When combined with allusions and images, the crossing, bending and distortion become a critical presence that speaks in a contradictory silent way of the individual sensing body rather than shared public “identity.”

Bringing together paintings under their formal aspects: the edge, the angle and the grid, also reveals the close company that painters form in their commitment not only to their practice but also to those among their number who have contributed so much to art. Painting Forever also commemorates artist, curator, teacher William Wright AM (1937-2014) who was the deeply loved friend of the artists and in the bigger picture, a great lover, promoter and maker of art.

Abstraction as Silent Witness

Three sections,

·      The Presence of the Work

·      Silence and Presence

·      Words and Meaning

The Line, the Angle and the Grid

Apelles’ Linear Question – there are only two types of artists: those that colour inside the lines and those that cross the lines. However, isn’t there a third kind that uses the line to cross other lines?

The Angle – to bend the angle away from 90 degrees; to break the grid, is this a silent form of deconstruction?

The Expanded Grid, post-Krauss – the expanded grid is coloured. Text as an expansion.