6th – 29th November 2003
Anna Schwartz Gallery
Hong Kong born Melbourne artist John Young is best known for his “Double Ground” paintings, a decade long painterly investigation which he started in 1992. These works feature a dialogue between two pictorial grounds: a digitally printed background, with a foreground of oil painted panels of generic photographic reproductions; and recently, of digital images which the artist has taken of landscapes, nudes and still lifes. In this exhibition, for the first time, the two grounds of the “Double Ground” paintings are reversed, the background now painted, the foreground now printed.
Several of the new works, Reversals, draw on the vibrant patterns of the ubiquitous chequered Hong Kong shopping bag, used by a range of people: casual shoppers, models on catwalks and in particular, those seeking refuge in other lands, usually with their entire life’s belongings held within these containers. Transient souls globally seeking a place of refuge are the seeds of diasporas. Like the foot that steps on a new shore, these paintings hold an impending sense of hope and sanctuary.