Exhibition blurs lines between landscape and abstraction

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Joseph Daws’ oil on canvas painting Untitled (1605), which has been provided courtesy of the artist and Jan Manton Art

Paintings by three Sunshine Coast artists will feature in a compelling exhibition that will open at the USC Art Gallery on Thursday 17 May.

The exhibition, entitled The Landscape. Abstracted., is by Amy Clarke, Joseph Daws and Thom Stuart who all explore the juncture between the genres of landscape and abstraction.

Gallery manager Megan Williams said the exhibition opening at 6.30pm on Thursday 17 May will include opening remarks by James Birrell of the James Birrell Design Lab.

“For these artists, the natural and urban landscape is a powerful force of attraction and their work manifests an evocation of place that expands the definition of ‘landscape’ beyond the horizon line,” Ms Williams said.

“Joseph Daws’ painting practice acts as an arena for the artist to explore visual forms in parallel, the associated visual language, and the thresholds between subject matter and abstraction.

“This work has developed from Daws' interest in the latency of abstraction, the mobility of signification and the poetics of painting.”

Amy Clarke said her work was informed by a sense of play that is linked to a childhood growing up in the Australian bush.

“I am often attracted to the shape of something and make ephemeral installations in the forest near my home in the Sunshine Coast hinterland which I photograph and refer back to in the studio,” the artist said.

Ms Williams said the work of painter and printmaker Thom Stuart drew heavily on the artist’s experience surrounded by both natural and urban environments.

“With an established practice in both the studio and street, his work is entrenched in the visuals of his youth, including graffiti culture, surfing iconography and musical sub cultures such punk and hip-hop,” she said.

This exhibition will remain on show at the gallery until Saturday 30 June. A free floor talk by all three artists will be held at the gallery from 11am to noon on Saturday 9 June.

The USC Art Gallery is located at USC’s Sunshine Coast Campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and closed Sundays and public holidays.

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