Artspace gallery’s latest exhibition explores the work of thirteen living Australian artists, uniting their unique practices through their shared central interest in exploring colourist abstraction. Superposition of Three Types acknowledges the rich avant-garde origins of abstraction, resisting the oft-touted and over-simplified appreciation of its aesthetic elements.
Highlighting the continued relevance of visual art practices which draw on colour and form, this exhibition engages the architecture of the gallery. Artworks playfully jut out from unusual spaces in the gallery: Gemma Smith’s double-sided glass painting is suspended between the architectural columns, Ry David Bradley’s paintings invite visitors to touch and play. ‘Types’ of artistic practice are explored in parallel.
Artspace sets itself apart in the gallery scene through its discerning curatorial approach. Beyond the visual delights of abstract art, Superposition analyses the origins of abstractionism as a form of resistance and a practice used by artists over the past two centuries to conjure alternative perspectives to world affairs and the grasp of commercial culture.
Other featured artists include: Sydney Ball, Rebecca Baumann, Lara Merrett, Elizabeth Newman, Jonny Niesche, Huseyin Sami, Nike Savvas, Brendan van Hek, Julian Day, Spence Messih and Shelley Lasica.
Until April 17 (Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat+Sun 11am-6pm). Artspace, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo. FREE. Info: www.artspace.org.au