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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

David Thomas at Minus Space

David Thomas at Minus Space

Image above: ©David Thomas, Getting Bigger, Getting Smaller (Yellow Light), 2015, Acrylic and photocopy on paper

Image above: ©David Thomas, Getting Bigger, Getting Smaller (Yellow Light), 2015, Acrylic and photocopy on paper

Images above: ©Monika Piatkiewicz, Opening night, Bottom right: Artist

Images above: ©Monika Piatkiewicz, Opening night, Bottom right: Artist

 

Minus Space is proud to present the exhibition David Thomas: Impermanences. This is the Melbourne, Australia-based artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States and it will feature a site-sensitive installation of monochromatic paintings on canvas, photopaintings on paper, and wall paintings.

 

Image above: ©DAVID THOMAS, Impermanences, From Small to Big, From Big to Small, 2015, Collage, acrylic, and photocopy on paper

Image above: ©DAVID THOMAS, Impermanences, From Small to Big, From Big to Small, 2015, Collage, acrylic, and photocopy on paper

 

Since the late 1980s, David Thomas has been immersed in producing color field and later monochromatic work using an array of different media, including painting, photography, sculpture, and installation. His recent work lies at the confluence of Eastern and Western monochrome painting traditions and he deliberately situates his work in this world, as a part of our ever-evolving daily life. Thomas’ work is defined by its simplicity of color and form, reflective surfaces, commonplace imagery, forthright paint application, subtle humor, and shifting sense of temporality. Thomas encourages viewers to read his works slowly.

 

Image above: ©David Thomas, Impermanence Grey, The Beginning Meets the End, 2015, Acrylic and photocopy on paper

Image above: ©David Thomas, Impermanence Grey, The Beginning Meets the End, 2015, Acrylic and photocopy on paper

 

About his work, Thomas states, “I am drawn to the monochrome by its visual energy and its emptiness. I like its deceptive simplicity. A pure monochrome exists only as an idea, not as a physical reality. An actual monochrome is seen in relationship to something else, a background, a wall, or another color. Other things impact on it and it on other things as an intervention. The monochrome if used in certain ways can help us see and consider the world around it more attentively. I use it as a temporal device, as an interval in the world.

 

Image above: ©DAVID THOMAS, Impermanences, Dogs of London (Golden Yellow), 2015, Acrylic and photocopy on paper

Image above: ©DAVID THOMAS, Impermanences, Dogs of London (Golden Yellow), 2015, Acrylic and photocopy on paper

 

He continues, “The monochrome is complex. It exists as a painted surface as a material fact. It is a linguistic fact that comes out of specific cultural traditions of painting reflecting both local and global contexts. Whether it is an endpoint of a certain type of modernism as a reductive formalism, or whether it is an experiential field, or a disruption to our normal way of looking, the simple color field has the ability to generate questions in the world.

 

Image above: ©David Thomas, Impermanences / Light Yellow / London Waterloo Bridge, Illusion + Real, 2015, Pencil, acrylic and photocopy on paper

Image above: ©David Thomas, Impermanences / Light Yellow / London Waterloo Bridge, Illusion + Real, 2015, Pencil, acrylic and photocopy on paper

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST David Thomas lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1951 and arrived in Australia in 1958. Thomas has exhibited internationally for the past four decades, including in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore, and throughout Europe.

 

Image above: ©David Thomas, Impermanence, Slow Time, Quick Time / Black / Yellow / Light + Dark, 2015, Acrylic, tape, and photocopy on pape

Image above: ©David Thomas, Impermanence, Slow Time, Quick Time / Black / Yellow / Light + Dark, 2015, Acrylic, tape, and photocopy on pape

 

Thomas’ work is represented in public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Australian National Gallery, Art Bank, Trinity College, University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Cripp’s Collection (Australia and UK); Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, Canterbury University (New Zealand); Lim Lip Museum (South Korea); and Kunstmuseum Bonn, Theodor F. Leifeld Stiftung, and Kunstmuseum Ahlen (all Germany). He has received awards from the Australia Council, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Arts Victoria, and has participated in residencies at the Cité International des Arts (Paris), Two Rooms Gallery (Auckland), Centre for Drawing Research, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts (London), and Porthmeor Studios (St. Ives, UK).

 

Image above: ©David Thomas, Violet (Dark) MACBA, 2015, Acrylic and photocopy on pape

Image above: ©David Thomas, Violet (Dark) MACBA, 2015, Acrylic and photocopy on pape

 

Thomas has curated numerous exhibitions and written extensively on the subject of monochrome painting. He is a Professor of Fine Art at RMIT University in Melbourne where he has taught since 1992. Thomas holds an MA in Fine Art (Painting) and a PhD from RMIT University.

David Thomas: Impermanences is on view at Minus Space until May 28 at 16 Main Street, Suite A, Brooklyn, NY

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