SIMON BLAU
FOLD UP
27 JAN – 19 FEB 2011

SIMON BLAU
Fold Up 2010
oil and acrylic with canvas and plywood with hinges
dimensions variable 

SIMON BLAU
Arc 2010
acrylic on plywood
49 × 40 cm

SIMON BLAU
Draught 2010
gesso on timber and wall
dimensions variable

SIMON BLAU
Half Light 2010
acrylic on canvas
76 × 91.4 cm

SIMON BLAU
Painting in a Painting 2010
acrylic on canvas
122 × 152.5 cm

SIMON BLAU
Painting in a Room 2010
acrylic on canvas
122 × 152.5 cm

SIMON BLAU
Exit 2010
enamel on tin and plywood
50 × 50 cm

SIMON BLAU
Low Pink 2010
acrylic on canvas and masonite
35 × 36 cm

SIMON BLAU
White Prop 2011
gesso on timber
238 × 205 cm

SIMON BLAU
Prop for Red 2011
acrylic on mdf and timber
239 × 81 cm

SIMON BLAU
Prop for Blue 2011
acrylic on mdf and timber
228.5 × 62 cm

SIMON BLAU
Ramp 2010
gesso on plywood
110 × 80 cm

SIMON BLAU
Hinge Drop 2010
gesso on plywood
dimensions variable


Gallery 9 is proud to present an exhibition of new work by Simon Blau that explores the nature of painting and abstraction.

Blau explains:

“The work is essentially about the stages in the life of a painting. How it unfolds or re-folds at various points in its development in relation to the time and placement of the viewer.”

Drawing upon the history of painting, and abstract painting in particular, Simon Blau’s work tackles notions about the art object - the nature of its existence and ideas concerning materiality and immateriality. Paintings are tangible and physical: they have colours, sides and flat surfaces yet in this exhibition the works can be changed. Panels can be folded up or out revealing different colours and creating different shapes on the wall. This fluidity of form and shape is an integral part of the work. That it can be transformed according to the wishes of the viewer, provides an additional interactive aspect.

Simon Blau lives and works in Sydney. He has been exhibiting since the 1980s and his work is in numerous private and public collections.