Complexity, Chaos and a Sense of Place, Elam Grad Show 2018

“It doesn't reveal itself... ”

— Per Kirkeby

The aim of this project is to explore complexity in an abstract painting practice by making elaborate, multi-layered, non-linear abstract paintings that push the boundaries of order and disorder. These works could be viewed as mindscapes overloaded with information on the brink of collapsing into chaos. They are profuse, obsessively abundant and somewhat disparate, discordant conglomerations that sit on the edge of overwhelming disarray. The paintings have a strong sense of place that anchors complexity within a framework, be it a dystopian landscape, an overworked topographic map or a futuristic 'neverland'.

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Here, Not There, 1500x1000mm, acrylic on canvas

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The Dreaming, 2400x1200mm, acrylic on board

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The Land, 1500x1200mm, acrylic on canvas

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Too Much, Not Enough, 1200x1200mm, acrylic on board

All photos courtesy of Elam School of Fine Arts, www.elamartists.ac.nz