17 FEBRUARY – 5 MARCH 2016
For his second exhibition at Gallery 9, Paul Snell continues his examination of the possibilities of abstraction and minimalism in photo-media. Snell describes this new work as purely formal and self-referential in its intentions:
I invite the viewer to drift among primal and tonal aesthetic matter, creating a sensory experience of inner contemplation and transcendence. This work investigates the transformation of photographic modes of production and the manipulation and exploitation of data to invent new visual forms. It is the disassembling and reconfiguration of images of reality into coloured bands. These pieces are not representations of certain realities; they are their own reality and involve furthering the concepts of reduction (of form, space, line and material) and the effect of colour as visual signature. By developing these concepts, I am inviting the viewer into the space for a contemplative experience with the work. My aim is to create a phenomenological experience of each location that potentially overwhelms or transcends its physicality.
Paul Snell graduated from The Tasmanian School of Art in 1989 and later completed Honours there in 1995 also being admitted to the Deans Roll of Excellence. In 2010 he travelled and researched in London and New York and in 2011 was awarded his Master of Creative Arts from the University of Tasmania. Snell has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Queensland and in New York. Most recently he has staged solo shows with Colville Gallery, Jan Manton, Edmund Pearce and at 146 Artspace. His work is held in numerous private and public collections including Artbank. In 2015 he was the winner of the $25,000 Whyalla Art Prize.