Co-ordinated by Meredith Frances Lynch
To paint on a support surface is a traditional notion regarding the definition and making of a painting. ‘The Surface of Painting’ presents a group of six emerging artists that paint on support surfaces: Bridget Minatel, Mary Wenholz, Meredith Frances Lynch, Peter Barnes, Sarah Newall, & Teong-Eng Tan. While this is not the dominant theme considered by each artist’s practice, it is a topic consciously investigated by each artist included in the show.
Each artist considers their work in relation to the theme: the surface of painting…
‘In my paintings I explore the notion of surface in relation to the modernist concept of medium specificity. My works on transparent vinyl incorporate the support into the composition of the painting, thereby creating a disruption to the two-dimensional image’. (Mary Wenholz)
‘The surface of painting is addressed in creating multidisciplinary artworks that spring from my understanding of the historic and contemporary positions for painting, both “painting” as the object and as the act. My visual artworks attempt to engage the rich tradition that abounds from the school of painting while also participating in the inspired act of artmaking.’ (Meredith Frances Lynch)
‘My paintings are surfaces upon which references and relationships are put into play.’ (Peter Barnes)
‘The surface of the painting for me is more than a surface, it is a material that fully contains colour’ (Sarah Newall)
‘Maintaining surface unpredictability by working between extremes; the paintings are “organically” grown to allow for the two broad types of abstraction (geometric and organic) to emerge in a single work.’ (Teong-Eng Tan)
This exhibition is not a restructuring of the definition of the studio term painting, nor specifically a question regarding the act of painting. ‘The surface of painting’ surveys only a few of the options for artists undertaking the activity of painting today and presents the artwork of six artists for public consideration.
- M. F. Lynch, March 2008