Artist Caspar Fairhall
title: Projection/ MMXVI
medium: Watercolour on Arches paper
size: 21 cm h x 21 cm w
Today at Gallery Opera Labo the artworks from the Wild Swan Art Group were hung in Japan and it looks outstanding, in some ways it takes one back to the mid nineteen eighties at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, when as a young student I would go and study the landscapes of Guy Grey Smith, Mac Betts and George Haynes for there was something so fresh and alive about viewing such artworks and this show resonates that feeling.
Maybe in the nineteen eighties in Perth these aforementioned western artists were travelling to the interior of desert regions and bringing back images of first contact of alien like terrain, not only for themselves but the those who also lived on the green fringe of Australia, they were mesmerising in colour, extremely sublime and so freshly idiosyncratic in vision.
When one looks at this exhibition by the following members being Duncan McKay, Connie Petrillo, Caspar Fairhall, Kevin Robertson, Cynthia Ellis, Peter Davidson, Michael Doherty, John Cullinane Chelle Bourne, Lynne Norton and Diokno Pasilan there is that same crisp sensation and passion resonating from within these artworks but in another time and in another country.
On this page there is two images the first being Caspar Fairhall's watercolour painting titled: Projection/ MMXVI and he constructs some very interesting ideas about time with the influence of delay in praxis, as he doesn't paint at the speed of light.
For example, if light is being projected it travels at about one foot a nanosecond and to get a idea of just how extreme Fairhall's very camouflaged image making is about, here is some information about time;
A nanosecond (ns) is a SI unit of time equal to one billionth of a second (10−9 or 1/1,000,000,000 s). One nanosecond is to one second as one second is to 31.71 years.
Link to Wikipedia
Fairhall's artwork Projection/ MMXVI seems to use the audiences optics to realise his theory in praxis as the watercolour painting is painted object to test his praxis time concepts with the audiences sight in a nanosecond as they recognise his artworks, its clever .
Artist: John Cullinane
title: A Thought 2010
medium: oil on cotton
size: 30 cm h x 23 cm w
In John Cullinane's above painting titled: " A thought" resonates a particular human condition, maybe a kind of phobia (of which humans if they didn’t have located with their mental system may well not survive for very long as it protects you at times) with the two humans featured in this painting, existing within the one person. And strangely, one didn't think Simultaneity (happening at the same time) could exist due to the complexities of time but if the earth is a living organism, then all things associated with it must live within the same time frame, in unity and diversity and to paint this is not an easy thing to do but Cullinane succeeds very well.
Whilst viewing Culinane's painting one starts to realise that humans live and survey there space in present time, as it soon flows into history to be organized into some sort of sensorial response with influence, that may be good or effected by some human condition caused either externally or internally. Again as in Fairhall's painting uses time so does Cullinane but in a different way, his draws out human condition.
The artworks within this small but brilliant show produces some compelling viewing by Western Australian artists making it a very like able and savvy contemporary exhibition in the now, it is long overdue to travel internationally.
Article by Peter Davidson
Article by Peter Davidson