Out of Hand exhibition at The Depot Gallery

13 – 24 August 2013 at The Depot Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW.

Out of Hand is an exhibition of painting and sculptural works by a group of artists who share a discursive interest in continuing the language and experience of contemporary Abstract art.

Install shot at the gallery
Statement for the exhibition…

“Creatively, I am interested in visual and material translation, metaphorical organisational and spatial structures and embodied experience in making and process within visual methodologies of research. (I like making images that refer to their own making)

The works for Out of Hand explore these structures and models, contrasting a symbolic spatial monochrome and a corresponding metaphorical schema of spatial colour. These juxtapositions manifest in formal aspects, both literal and allegorical through the prism of abstract mark-making, at once chaotic and distilled. (some of the works are busy, some are not)

Within the deployment of a gestural language of known line and shape, more spontaneous visual, haptic and material decisions are enacted; referencing an analogue encounter of mark-making that offers evidence of the hand’s insistence on visibility within the expanding digitality of visual culture. (scribbling is still interesting to me)

These works operate as personal diagrammatic materialisations of multiple creative processes and strategies of abstraction. (these works are maps of ideas)

Receptively, the work is concerned with manipulating measures of opacity in revealing this personal and theoretical content, and the perception of persistent visual tropes that prevent abstract art from being as abstract as we might intend. (people see things in my work that are not there)”

Work from the exhibition…

Caelli Jo Brooker, Diagrammatic Prism: Orange Monochrome, 2013 oil, acrylic, and crayon on canvas 100 x 85 cm
Caelli Jo Brooker, Diagrammatic Prism: Orange Monochrome, 2013
oil, acrylic, and crayon on canvas, 90 x 75 cm
Caelli Jo Brooker, Diagrammatic Prism: Red Monochrome, 2013 oil, acrylic, and crayon on canvas 100 x 85 cm
Caelli Jo Brooker, Diagrammatic Prism: Red Monochrome, 2013
oil, acrylic, and crayon on canvas, 90 x 75 cm

Caelli Jo Brooker, Small Organic Diagram 03, 2013 oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm
Caelli Jo Brooker, Small Organic Diagram 03, 2013
oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm

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