Finger Marks the Paintings
Postcard Perspectives: Connecting Artists Globally
ARTSPACE at Untitled
1 NE 3rd Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104, USA
Exhibition: Nov 16 – Dec 28 2019
750 artists from 33 countries
Australian artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart, exhibited four paintings in a group exhibition ‘Postcard Perspectives’ at ARTSPACE at Untitled, USA., November 16 – December 28, 2019. The artwork entries: (no. 03147-03150) ‘Where else’; ‘Missing You’; ‘New life’; ‘Make a difference’, were a response to an international open call for artworks to be presented on postcards, the exhibition curator’s aim to connect artists globally through an online web presence as well the artworks shown in the ARTSPACE at Untitled Gallery. The exhibition builds on the renown artistic movement of postal art / mail art with the ‘Postcard Perspectives’ (ARTSPACE) project following this tradition through exhibiting this inaugural international artists collaboration. ARTSPACE at Untitled is an art center in the Deep Deuce district of downtown Oklahoma City with over 20 years in Oklahoma City providing educational opportunities through contemporary art and creative programming.
The Postcard Paintings:
So bright, so light, such colour
The warmth, the heat, the dryness
Such rain, no rain, please rain
Yes I like it – where else?
Two years and feeling so homesick
Just the four of us with friends
On the other side of the country
Missing you so much, new friends
We arrived in Australia in 2001
With two children and a dog to follow
This was a one-way ticket, no ties
Well some, but the start of a new life
So exciting and yet so different
I came here to add my
Skill, make a difference, and
Yet you are still holding me back
These new artworks: ‘Where else’; ‘Missing You’; ‘New life’; ‘Make a difference’, through the opportunity of the mail art project ‘Postcard Perspectives’ extended the works as a collaborative mechanism for observing the collation of visual messages, artworks having travelled through a postal service in transferring visual information, and since, curated through ARTSPACE as a vast exhibition, a myriad spectacular of international artists works devoid of any hierarchical structure. The use of grids in observing information, in particular, embedding information (layers) within my research, is often fundamental to the process of my production and this curatorial approach of capturing wide-scope collaboration to call, connectivity and the delivery of endless styles and artists is limitless.
Reverse Painting – Colour Impression and Artist’s Information: 03149 – ‘New life’
The concept of using finger printing / finger marks in exposing identity is a recurring theme within my research. The use of visual metaphors and embedding information have been methods to construct layers of knowledge through irregular grids of fingerprints and mark making, questioning traits of personality characteristics as a system of recognition. Earlier works focused on digital assets (scanned marks) in creating compositions, however, these works: ‘Where else’; ‘Missing You’; ‘New life’; ‘Make a difference’ have a unique immediacy in the direct application of materials, hand and mark to paper. The components are now fixed, locked in a lucrative mesh of textural surface challenging albeit tempting to scratch at the surface, to uncover hidden text and meaning. Such clues; layers of information mimic ‘FingerCodes’, however, these works are raw in the sense of personalised stories, evident as transcript, snippets of journal, thoughts and memories.
These works establish a new practical method for creating paintings relating to identity and non-liner storytelling, as the aesthetic juxtapositioning of elements and textures form a unique compositional framework.
The ‘Postcard Perspectives’ at ARTSPACE at Untitled was exhibited November 16 – December 28, 2019.
It included 33 countries participating with 7 artists from Australia.
Photographs: ‘Postcard Perspectives: Connecting Artists Globally’, Gallery: ARTSPACE at Untitled
ARTSPACE. “Postcard Perspectives: Connecting Artists Globally.” Artspace at Untitled, USA
FingerCodes information webpage: https://eleanorgatestuart.com/portfolio/fingercodes/
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