The multidisciplinary group show ‘Lines of Consciousness’ explores the element of line. Whether used overtly or as an invisible component, line in art is an expressive, dictative, performative and binding device that reflects upon the environment that artists both exist and construct within.
Thick, thin, curved, straight, horizontal, vertical, two or three dimensional – in whichever state it appears, line defines form, generates division, produces structure, and guides the eye to see things that may not be otherwise apparent.
The diverse works are by six emerging Australian artists:
Babette Robertson’s drawings focus on mark making as an expressive and poetic reflection of the natural world. She engages with and explores natural media, bringing these collected materials into dialogue with one another. Her works are a reflection of her engagement with the landscape: tactile and truthful.
Felix Fenley’s constructions utilise surrounding space as a performative weighted medium. The artist uses visible and invisible lines of force to give agency to his materials of choice, with elements that appear to be suspending, unifying, framing, holding or crumpling and giving way under destructive action.
Gina Fenton’s composite objects draw attention to the temporal relationship between processes of construction and deconstruction, giving presence to the liminal phase. The objects exist through a multiplicity of states tied to the past, present and future; affected by the underlying, persistent and inevitable force of change.
Johann Potgieter’s three-dimensional art acts to describe volume and build a relationship between the compositional structure of the form and the surroundings that it spatially relates to. The artist has imbued the medium of steel with a sense of agency – it holds its own static energy, grounded yet weightless, controlled yet unruly, open yet closed.
Kayo Shoji’s dynamic formations draw attention to space, weight and gravity as inherent and often invisible elements that sculpt and bind objects and determine the viewer’s relationship to them. The artist works with raw timber, exposing its natural properties through the physical process of extraction, resulting in textural and tonal reliefs.
Morus Quin’s prints examine spatial relationships between figures and forms, using linear devices to construct architectural landscapes and contained environments. The artist describes volume and movement with fluid, organic and expressive forms that blend, merge, alter and overlap with one another.
‘Lines of Consciousness’ is curated in collaboration with Gina Fenton and produced & presented by aMBUSH Gallery, with the opening night event on Thursday, 5 September from 6-9pm, with live music from Freda Frequency, at the Waterloo space (4a James Street).
The exhibition will be on display for the following three days, open daily and free of charge to the public from Friday, 6 September to Sunday 8 September, between 12-4pm.
Babette Robertson, Felix Fenley, Gina Fenton, Johann Potgieter, Kayo Shoji, Morus Quin