Exhibition in the Canning Room at Tinning Street Presents, Melbourne, Australia.
5 - 22 September
Gallery opening hours are 11 am - 5pm Thrursday - Sunday
Incomprehensibility of being a (w)hole is a series of intimate paintings depicting brass wire figures in a fictional world. These paintings consider how the body and personhood connect to space and movement and the flow of the contemporary era. This new series of paintings are the outcome of Barnett’s research on water, its loss of ontological meaning, its use in luxury marketing of consumer products and as a powerful concept that materialises the conditions in which we live.
The current time could be characterised by its constant flux and state of change, like water, nothing is stationary. Barnett is interested in the space that individuals inhabit within this constant change and the parallel between the concept of water and the human condition. Individuals, like water, are in constant flux and states of transition, always the same but always different, drifting in the never ending stream of time.
The physical elements of water, its depth, surface and reflectivity are used in the paintings as a tool to straddle tension between surface and depth in the lexicon of figurative painting.