Eat Me Art: Just Abstract
8 OCT – 28 DEC 2013
Because intentions in abstract work differ from artist to artist, Just Abstract simply seeks to introduce and inform guests of Eat Me Restaurant about ways of viewing and appreciating art. The story of abstract art is closely entwined with the development of society in the modern world. During the last two centuries traumatised by mechanisation, capitalism and warfare, abstract art emerged as a way to employ different aesthetic cultures from around the world, and to re-examine the purpose of self-expression.
Today, art extends beyond strict categorisation and, with traditional media like print and television being revolutionised, art is now immediately available to more people than ever before. Art and design are becoming ever more intrinsically related, with graphic design and fields of multimedia design playing an increasingly crucial role. Ideas now have to be presented visually in order to convey conceptual messages with greater impact.
David M Mitchell’s (artwork above) geometric abstracts are process-driven artworks where the artist constructs physical installations of various materials before photographing them and decommissioning the material constructs. Diagnosed with left temporal lobe epilepsy which induces strong sensations of déjà-vu, situational alienation and an uncontainable compulsion to create, Mitchell’s prints have progressed recently to include pieces monumental in size, and stretch the capabilities of the photographic medium. The largest piece at Eat Me Restaurant is 4 feet 10 inches in size, which has the effect of almost enveloping the viewer.
Gino Scagnetti’s abstracts present particular emotional concepts, where theartist paints compositions representing his philosophical and raw emotional responses to poetry and literature. Exhibiting Scagnetti’s works on paper, his artworks do not contain figurative characters or themes from literature, instead, the emotive tempera and oil compositions are rich with variations of layering, depth and motion. Signs and markings flit between fields of colour and blazing bolts of movement – suggestions of internal reflections of the artist’s internal dialogues.
Nadja Kim Schlenker’s abstract prints are also process driven photographs of composed amalgamations of paraphernalia. While compositions maintain intuitively robust formalised geometric foundations, Schlenker fuses organic elements providing an aesthetically mature masculine and feminine sense of balance. Similarly, Schlenker’s colour palette is finely balanced between vibrant notions and muted tones.
Sebastian Heiner’s oil on canvas paintings are a colourful play on scale and motion. Reminiscent to movements in Action Art, Heiner flings, slashes and smears large movements of paint across the canvas, using enormous brushes, squeegees, bamboo brooms and his forearms. The compositions are dominated by the interplay of colour and texture of the paints – protruding sometimes up to an inch from the canvas. Heiner’s more subtle monochromatic compositions are expansive variations of a singular colour overmultiple layers of thick oils produce a sheen which changes according to the light in the room.
Solarsin Ngoenwichit’s energetic and colourful oil on canvas abstracts synthesise Eastern and Western sensibilities and intend to aesthetically convey the artist’s personal emotional experiences to the viewer. This emotional response between the artwork and viewer is often seen as one of the principles behind the development in many artistic movements after the inception of Western abstract art.
Tania Rutland’s emotive abstract landscapes transport us to where the abstract movementbegan. Remnants of geographical references whisper through Turner-esque veils of delicately technical translucent hazes of what must be mist or fog. Rutland’s paintings bring us back and forth between fine textural details and each painting in its entirety. This experimentation with logical frames of reference brings the abstract theme full circle, back to the start of an exploration with pure personal expression.
‘Just Abstract’ was on display at Eat Me Restaurant from 8 Oct 2013 until 28 Dec 2013.
Eat Me Restaurant is open to the public daily between 3pm and 1am.
Curated by PAUL ULAN‐TAYLOR