3 AUGUST – 15 AUGUST 2023
Public Opening Night: 5 – 7pm Thursday 3rd August
Presale: From Thursday 27th July
Simon Palmer’s solo exhibition explores the relationship between pure abstraction and
a simplified representation of landscape. Using bold colours and distant stylized views, these paintings originate in a series of smaller studies that are then reformatted and reinterpreted as larger graphic works. They reflect an alluring sense of place and time that is simultaneously identifiable and ambiguous.
The effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions. e.g. through the viewfinder and the lens of a camera: the difference in view between the viewfinder and the final photograph is due to parallax error.
In the case of Simon’s exhibition artworks, ‘parallax’ refers to the reformatting of smaller sketch artworks which are re-interpreted through cropping, editing and rescaling (like looking through a viewfinder to perceive only a smaller part of the whole) to create pieces that are essentially the same as the source, but in which the final artwork appearance is distilled and realigned. These are abstract works based on simple landscape forms, which become transmuted once elements are removed and revised to become less literal or readily recognisable as the landscapes they are derived from.
Strong tones and colours are not necessarily naturally rendered, but remain suggestive of land, water and sky. They are intended to reference impressions of place rather than specific detail.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Simon is a Sydney-based artist producing works across a number of genres, who has been concentrating more deliberately over the past few years on purely abstracted works that investigate emotive responses to relationships between colours and their ability to specific evoke moods or memories of place.