1st – 5th August 2012
Melbourne Art Fair
In its current usage the word “enthusiasm” simply means a lively interest. It has however a lost ancient and archaic meaning, that of inspiration by a divine madness. When discussing the artistic imagination and the origins of the artwork, Eighteenth century rationalism removed the divine and substituted the mind, but a mind suspended of its usual operations, enflamed and under the spell of three fundamental aspects of enthusiasm: obsession, excitement and transport. It is in that spirit that these paintings have been made.
A range of methods and styles coexist in this installation. There are libidinal abstractions, forms swelling and protruding, images in the act of becoming. Some fuse abstraction with a collection of small realist elements, shapes evolve and radiate from a still life of a pearl, flowers sprout from street taggings. Our understanding of the traditional is dissolved, Culture is naturalised, nature is cultured.