5 - 19 December 2015
Abi Group House, Stanely St Plaza,
South Bank, Brisbane
Smooth Machines is a series of acrylic paintings developed during 2009 while I rented a large warehouse studio in Bowen Hills. They are presented in association with freelance curator Anna Zammit's Independant Exhibitions project in an unused commercial space on Little Stanley Street in South Bank, Brisbane. Smooth Machines depict surreal objects that appear to perform repetitive or absurd tasks. The series combines both abstract and representational devices to disrupt as well as flatten the picture plane. I employed bright as well as muted colours, large-scale and cartoon-ish forms to add a playful element to the pictures. While I am known for videos that explore authentic and immediate experience (featured in exhibitions such as Contemporary Australia: optimism, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, and the 2008 Sydney Biennale), Smooth Machines develops similar concerns through the complexity of painting.