11th July – 24th August 2013
Anna Schwartz Gallery
John Nixon’s exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery Melbourne is the outcome of the artist’s continuing experiments at the edges of painting. Iterations of three independent ‘EPW’ (Experimental Painting Workshop) series, the exhibition will feature a concise and focused selection of recent constructed paintings. These works on stretched canvas with painted wood additions, verge on the sculptural, with depth and mass interrupting and surpassing the qualities of pure colour as medium. However, as part of Nixon’s extensive oeuvre, they remain fully and overtly in the realm of painting: reiterating and regenerating the legacies of minimalist, constructivist and non-objective art, with canvas always as the ground upon which figures emerge or subside.
Twenty painted works, from Pink, White and Black ‘Experimental Painting Workshops’ are shown. Each work is both the process and result of Nixon’s research into the possibilities of composition and medium; the research by which he has remained one of the foremost practitioners of contemporary abstract painting the world over.