Thick As : Material Seduction

4357 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6284
Start Date
6 October, 2013
End Date
2 February, 2014

This exhibition will display the work of artists who use various means to achieve a thick application of materials, producing a myriad of seductive surfaces.

Janet Holmes à Court Collection Artists – John Firth-Smith, Rod Garlett, Michael Johnson, Emily Kngwarreye, John Peart,  David Rankin, Kate Turner and Karl Wiebke.

Invited Artists  – Lyndall Adams, Cynthia Ellis, Kathryn Haug, Phillip McNamara, Lucy O’Dea, Glen Stewart and Brooke Zeligman.

What started off as a general musing on artists who use paint in a lush and gestural, or crusty and concrete way, gradually firmed up into a selection of collection artists and other WA artists who worked with a variety of materials in these ways. Then the question was –so what is it exactly about some of these thick applications that is so appealing? The answer was that they were just simply seductive – attractive, enticing, appealing and irresistibly touchable. They were smooth and shiny, textured, mysterious, intriguing, layered, complex, lush, excessive, expressive manifestations of the physicality and matter of, mostly (but not entirely), paint. A highly subjective judgement, but the criteria for selection was then set as ‘thick as’ and ‘seductive’ and each work selected had to tick both boxes. This is how the exhibition was arrived at, though PLEASE DON’T TOUCH is going to be a big ask…

For all enquiries, further information and any images available for reproduction, please contact Sharon Tassicker.

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