Saturday, June 11, 2016


Horizontal or Vertical? Gouache on paper 24 x 32 cm 2016

So, where did the idea for this painting come from? In a way it's a collision of many ideas and influences. I am thinking back to some of my early aerial-like landscapes that referenced ploughed fields, paddocks and fields of various crops, irrigation channels, roads and...traces of spirit. Then to other paintings that tried to critique the traction of mining, especially coal seem gas extraction. Recent influences propel the idea of 'landscape' into the cosmic realm where unseen quantum forces cause resonances that ripple across the vastness of time and space. 

Even more recent influences are contained within this new image. These include thinking about sight-lines of surveillance from above...drones, satellites, beacons and signals that traverse the sky and space to reach our devices that are embedded within our daily lives. Then there's the infrastructure of cabling that lies beneath the soil and sea enabling communication, surveillance, online transactions facilitated by algorithmic instructions. All the while every movement, communication, online action monitored into a deep pool of data that may or may not be 'mined'. 

The trajectories of signals and sight-lines for targets, whether mortal or virtual, come from many directions, hence the title of this painting Horizontal or Vertical? 

Are you, the viewer in front of a 'landscape' or are you above it looking down or below it looking up? Where are you? Is it a landscape of geography or one of signals and potential data? Is it benign in intent or not? Are you a digital node or a juncture facilitating the fast paced and constant movement of algorithmic forces? Are you still human?


Traces Of Spirit Oil on linen 55 x 80 cm 2002/3

 The Hidden Seen In My Mind's Eye Oil on linen 80 x 120 cm 2004

 Lifeblood Oil on linen 90 x 200 cm 2008/9

 $oils Ain't $oils Anymore 70 x 100 cm Oil on linen 2010

 Tree-of-Life Time Travelling Oil on linen 85 x 150 cm 2012

 When It Rained on Mars Oil on linen 85 x 150 cm 2012

 Entrance Gouche and watercolour on paper 30 x 42 cm 2015

I am Am I? Gouache and watercolour on paper 30 x 42 cm 2015

In Sight Oil on linen 50 x 0 cm 2015


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