30 JULY – 24 AUGUST 2014
Simon Blau’s ninth solo exhibition with Gallery 9, Hobbyism presents two related but distinct series of paintings. In one room the artists reveals an echo to previous bodies of works’ hard edge aesthetic, though softened with tonal fields of colour. Solid in form but lighter and paler than his work with enamel, these forms are arranged with inviting perspective and alluring colour. In the other, again with fewer triangular and quadrilateral forms Blau has continued to break away from the formal rigour applied to his geometric paintings and sculptural objects. Unpredictable twists and turns driven by the artist’s intuition form fluid abstract lines of colour. Mandala like, some of the forms turn in on themselves while others spiral out to connect with each other, forming networks which bring constituent abstract elements together as a compositional whole.
Blau lives and works in Sydney. He has been exhibiting since the 1980s and his work is held in numerous public collections including The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, Wollongong City Gallery and Artbank as well as corporate and private collections including The Baillieu Myer Collection of Contemporary Art, Melbourne.