FAR FROM NOWHERE
9 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER 2013
Gallery 9 is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Sydney based artist, Belem Lett.
Lett investigates spatial mapping and data visualisation as forms of abstraction. Drawing upon the relationship between physical and virtual forms of spatial navigation and mapping through memory, sound and abstraction, the work becomes as much about the intuitive process involved in constructing an image as it is about the limitations of human sensory perception about reality. Working across painting, drawing, sculpture and sound there is a common enquiry into the collection and distortion of spatial information and its psychological affect on the individual. The imagery that results from this spatial distortion hides site-specific GPS recorded shapes, collected on walks in foreign and familiar city spaces, through multiple transparent layers of colour, form and line. Lett’s work explores the potentially arbitrary nature of pre-existing structures, both physical and conceptual, which inform our psychological perception and navigation of space.
Belem Lett graduated with a BFA (Hons. Class 1) in 2008 and completed an MFA by research at the College of Fine Arts (COFA), UNSW in 2013. He has been a finalist in numerous prizes including the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in ’08 and ’09, before winning this prestigious award in 2010. Lett received a COFA Travel Grant in 2011 and undertook a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris during which he also staged a solo show. Lett’s recent exhibitions include solo shows at Firstdraft and MOP projects in Sydney, group exhibitions at Sawtooth ARI in Launceston, The Digital Art Centre in Taipei, Taiwan, Rear View in Melbourne, Wellington St Projects, Campbelltown Regional Gallery, Delmar Gallery, Gallery 9 and the Papermill in Sydney. Lett is also a Founding Member and Director at Wellington St Projects, Sydney.