Manly Art Gallery recently hosted a vibrant installation of abstract art : the ABSTRACT REALIITIES Exhibition from 21 October – December 4, 2022. The exhibition was an experience in colour and sensation by three artists dedicated to the evolution of their abstract art practices; Julian Goddard of Perth, Sarah Robson of Sydney and David Thomas of Melbourne. Highly pigmented colours from the PERMACRYLIK scenic paint range were used throughout the installation.
“The important thing for this exhibition is that the coloured walls are as much a part of the artwork as the individual works within the spaces. Often, galleries/exhibition designers paint walls as a backdrop for the display of artworks but in this exhibition the idea of having a tonal room in contrast to the colours and the colours extending into the other spaces was the conceptual rationale for the project and underpins the idea that art is experiential and colour (or lack of colour) is a significant contributor to that experience. Colour has a way of extending the artwork into the realm of our everyday experiencing of the world” advised Sydney artist, Sarah Robson.
“As far as choices of paint colours, it was an intuitive selection not according to any colour theory… behind that intuition are three artists who have spent the majority of their lives working with colour. The main decision was between creating a space where colour was barely noticeable or to go with a strong choice of colours” commented Robson.
“We worked with the PERMACRYLIK colour charts which offered endless variations. I think the colours within our individual works are more nuanced as the relationships created are more condensed. Again, I think one of the main points to the installation is that the brilliant colours are inescapable and challenge our perception of where an artwork begins and ends. Colour is accessible to most people and we wanted to emphasise again that this type of artwork needn’t always be experienced from a theoretical standpoint. And again, it’s the idea that there is infinite complexity hidden with what often appears to be very simple” advised Sarah Robson.