SOMETIMES THINGS THAT LOOK AWFUL ON THE OUTSIDE LOOK DIFFERENT WHEN YOU GET UP CLOSE
AN EXHIBITION OF SERIOUS ABSTRACT PAINTINGS BY MELBOURNE ARTISTS SIMON GARDAM & HARRY HAY, CURATED BY OSCAR CAPEZIO
8th November - 25th November
Opens Wednesday 8 November. 6pm
Floor talk Thursday 9th November. 1pm
The question of how the products of an abstract painting practice are at all dissimilar from any other thing of the world - some spilt jam on a cloth, the atmospheric conditions - would not be a new question. But in the case of these artists there aren’t many other words from which to get the picture. These things formed by one to push onto and up against another, different body, and/or that body, of painting, being - historical, material, and conceptual. Sometimes things that look awful on the outside look different when you get up close compels looking to delay judgment. Having exhibited nationally and internationally, this is the artists’ first appearance in the Nation’s Capital. Hosted and presented by Oscar Capezio, for Tributary Projects, the exhibition circles around the (im)possibility of abstract and/or non-objective painting.
SIMON GARDAM is represented by Fort Delta, in Melbourne. HARRY HAY represents himself well in discussion online and in the real at abcrit.org and The Brancaster Chronicles, United Kingdom. OSCAR CAPEZIO is an artist/curator, all-about Canberra.