SIMON BLAU
READING ROOM
26 AUGUST – 19 SEPTEMBER 2015

SIMON BLAU
Art as Therapy 2015
acrylic on canvas
40 × 60 cm

SIMON BLAU
Mental States 2015
acrylic on canvas
40 × 60 cm

SIMON BLAU
Navigation 2015
acrylic on canvas
51 × 61 cm

SIMON BLAU
Cartoons that Changed the World 2015
acrylic on canvas
60 × 40 cm

SIMON BLAU
Amusing ourselves to Death 2015
acrylic on canvas
51 × 61 cm

SIMON BLAU
Misery 2015
acrylic on canvas
51 × 61 cm

SIMON BLAU
Under the Volcano 2015
acrylic on canvas
51 × 61 cm

SIMON BLAU
A Solid man of Now 2015
acrylic on canvas
45.5 × 40.5 cm


Simon Blau turns to his library as a source of inspiration for this new body of work. He recalls the books that have stayed with him, drawing on particular moments of narrative and re imagining the experiences they offered him. Representing more than just a physical space, the Reading Room continues Blau’s exploration of the nexus between physical and immaterial experience. As he puts it: ”These works make an equation between the literal and the abstract. They recall the enjoyment to be had from looking and reading, and the transportation of the mind common to both.” 

Born in 1952, Blau lives and works in Sydney. He has held over 25 solo shows in Sydney and Melbourne. His work is included in the public collections of 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.