'We Hope You Enjoyed Your Visit', 'Amanuensis', 'And Not But'Karen Cronje, Francis Burger, Christian Nerf and Colin Payne at AVA
We Hope You Enjoyed Your Visit by Colin Payne employs the Long Gallery. Payne is drawn to graphic media in popular culture. Simple, clean and often colourful forms have a commanding effect on him. His makes work about simple things - discovery, vanity, loneliness, distance, fear, joy, peace. Influenced by museums and by inference tourism, public displays and the repackaging of culture. Payne presents works in plastic gold, oil painting paint-by-numbers, and landscape paintings exploding in flat colour: each piece is either inspired by classical art subjects or museum relics and plays with the contemporary way in which they are produced. He also really does hope that you enjoy your visit.
Karen Cronje presents Amanuensis, a collection of sketchbook images in the Artstrip. "These works are taken from my personal sketchbooks. Originally intended as a daily sketchbook and an exploration of ideas for later artworks, they have (since the first in 1998) taken on many different permutations and a life of their own. The results reflect a process that incorporates found images, and objects and photographs that I collect on a daily basis. They are about manual labour and possessiveness and repetition, and reflect thoughts and tangents based on what is generally garnered and appropriated from mass media - war, nuclear experiments, fairy tales and falsehoods." Karen Cronje
Francis Burger and Christian Nerf's generative installation And Not But has been extended for a second run with added elements of sound, film, text, painting and sculpture. Propelled by the emergence of a recurring form and following a recording experiment led by musician and inventor Brendon Bussy, And Not But is inviting attempts at teaching a sculpture to talk, listen, see and be seen. Leading up to a collaborative book project titled Unbecoming, And But Not is an optimistic glossarium of ideas, objects, shapes and feelings - part teaching machine, part epiphanic fold.
For more information, images and updates go to AndNotBut.blogspot.com
13 June 2011 - 08 July 2011