LOOP CHANGES, LOOP BEGINS
24 JAN – 17 FEB 2018
In making these works I am pursuing content within painting that does not escape the object itself, but instead meaning is found within and defined by a series of complex visual and abstract relationships. In this way it is hoped that the pictures offer an idiosyncratic experience through a refined visual & almost tactile engagement.
Made from a strictly improvised basis, the paintings present themselves as intersecting oscillations of colour, form, rhythm and touch. They try to maintain an openness with an emphasis on experimentation and the transformation of the material qualities inherent to oil paint.
This transformation is at times achieved by the cutting up and subsequent re-assemblage of paintings by stitching them back together. This action brings into question the role of wholeness within abstract space, as well as inviting unexpected and at times awkward visual relationships.
– Simon Gardam, 2018
Simon Gardam (b. Hobart, 1988) is a Melbourne based artist and musician. He has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, as well as undertaking international residencies at Alexandrinenst studios (Berlin, 2011) and Arteles Centre (Finland, 2013).
Recent solo exhibitions include Fields, Fort Delta (2017), Sometimes things that look awful on the outside look different when you get up close, Tributary Projects (2017), Spring 1883 art fair with Fort Delta (2017), Airs, Fort Delta (2016), Spring 1883 art fair with Fort Delta (2016), Chonda Za, Wellington Street Projects (2016), Here’s To Future Days, Fort Delta (2016), Living Activities, Tristian Koenig (2015), MacArthur Park, Fort Delta (2015), Binate Variations, Bus Projects (2015), Trophy Shop, Kings ARI (2014) & The Aggregate & the Algorithm, Tristian Koenig (2014). Audio projects include Kell//ua and Collaborative synthesizer improvisation as Lifewater Oasis.