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Jessica Ellis "Colliding Information"

Exhibition Dates: 13 Oct, 2015 - 31 Oct, 2015 Sun Tzu said “There are not more than five primary colours but yet in combination they produce more hues than can ...

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Exhibition Dates: 13 Oct, 2015 – 31 Oct, 2015

Sun Tzu said “There are not more than five primary colours but yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever be seen”. This form of diversity imbued in art could be a metaphor for life as it creates dimension and highlights every variation and difference instilled in the tapestry of life. Geometric art is one art form which gathered momentum in the late 20th century, particularly as modern printing and design methods become generally more accessible and acceptable.

“Modern” geometric art has some history however predating the computerized world with early “moderns” such as Frank Kupka (1871-1957), Kazimir Malevich (1878 – 1935) and Piet Mondrian (1878 – 1935).  Kupka’s “Philosophical Architecture” dates back to 1913 while Mondrian’s “Tableau” was created in 1921. Modern and contemporary art also reflects the invention and application of modern materials. The geometric abstracts in “Colliding Information” are presented in relatively new materials – that is vinyl cut out shapes laid on fine density fibre board. Ellis states “This series of work has been developed through my interest in the collision of science and art, particularly how coded information can create a visual impact through a series of immersive patterns”. While geometric paintings are in essence two dimensional, the exploration of this genre offers vast potential and possibilities for inventive and creative artists.  “The idea of turning something scientific or geometric into something quite abstract yet visually pleasing, intrigues me, Ellis says, I have invested a lot of research into this series where I have basically deconstructed and then carefully developed each artwork. This approach provides me with a certain discipline and structure from where I can build and develop all the formal aspects of each work; the patterns, shapes, colours and the geometry applicable to each one”.

Tzu’s profound statement espousing a myriad of hues and colours is something which resonates strongly with Ellis’s imagery work.  A feature of each panel is the subtle blend of both primary and secondary shades in each work.  The careful consideration of each shape lends a firm structure and strength to each combination, although stimulating primary colours remain the foundation of this invigorating exhibition.

Text: Warwick Henderson 2015

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