• David Harley / Painting works

    20. January 2008 to 24. February 2008

    Opening: January 19, 2008, 5 to 8 pm

    curated by Felicitas Reusch, Ulrike Hampl and Lisa Solomine

  • Known for his large wall-works, David Harley will introduce his newest animation series and wall-sized digital prints. The transition into the digital has given Harley a live platform to create works that exist beyond the parameters of traditional painting, --fluctuating between the matter of painting and the virtual. His whimsical doodles on the computer are a collection of ideas in the making. These intertwined sketches may lead to the larger wall-sized work that take its form as digital prints or even sprayed paintings that fully cover gallery walls and create new immersive spaces of vibrant scapes of chaotic structures.

    In his recent series of animations, the layered sketches have become semi-autonomous. We experience the playfulness of experimentation as chromatic shapes and lines appear and disappear, layer upon each other and turn into ambiguous abstractions that border on the curious. Harley refers to these animations as "moving paintings", --what we view on screen are akin to animated visual intuitions from the mind of a painter.

    Whether viewed up close or at a distance, the wall-sized digital paintings are vibrant, resonating, constructs of chromatic lines, shapes and colors. These structures pull us into the tangible spaces they create together with the physical location itself. This seminal space challenges our visual arts experience and suggests illusions of depth that exist within the two-dimensional scope of the digital print. The spectator confronted with the illusion of the emotive expression of the artist’s thoughts, becomes lost in this quasi-sublime space.

    David Harley is a Melbourne born artist who has a background as a non-representational painter. Harley has incorporated the computer into his art making processes since 1997 when he was invited on a research project at the Camberwell College of Art, London. He has exhibited widely in Australia since 1990, where his works are included in both public and private collections. He has also been a juror for the International Digital Art Awards. In Melbourne, he lectures at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University and at RMIT University. 

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