Continue: Three Brisbane Artists | Archer Davies, Sarah Poulgrain
& Angelica Roache-Wilson | Curated by Kate MacKenzie
Dates: 5 - 29 June 2014
Where: Chapter House Lane
From: A-CH Gallery
Image Details: Archer Davies, A Place For Everything, 2013, Oil on canvas, 100cm x 70cm
Curated by Kate Mackenzie, the exhibition Continue: Three Brisbane Artists brings together paintings and sculptures by Sarah Poulgrain, Archer Davies and Angelica Roache-Wilson. The title of the show references a favourite art teacher of the German artist Jonathan Meese, who demonstrated his unfaltering belief in the process of art making with the only advice he felt that Meese ever needed – “Continue, continue, continue.”
The work of Sarah Poulgrain intentionally steers clear of the certainty of grand statements. It presents a quiet perspective often with objects or images that are hidden, obscured or existing only temporarily and thereby concerning itself with a concept of existence which is precarious. Sarah Poulgrain was the recipient of the Painting Faculty Award at Queensland College of Art where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2013. A finalist in the Graduate Art Show and Espresso Garage Awards, she has exhibited in both Brisbane and Edinburgh.
The paintings of Archer Davies are the outcome of an enthusiastic relationship to the messy, noisy world of imagery that makes up our contemporary environment. Through the process of arranging and painting tableaus consisting of flowers, laptops, prints of works of great artists, paint brushes and pop culture figures like Pamela Anderson, these sometimes absurd domestic/studio environments evoke the unseen, sometimes uneasy narratives that form the undercurrent of daily life. Archer Davies has recently returned to Brisbane from a residency in Philadelphia made possible by Griffith University and Crane Art School. During this trip he made work for his solo show ‘Altogether Elsewhere’ at The Hold Artspace, Brisbane.
Each of Angelica Roache-Wilson’s paintings are the result of a process which alternates between spontaneous experimentation and painstaking refinement, this process is repeated until resolution is found. This criteria is shaped by a constantly accumulating mess of influences, experiences and uncertainties associated with everyday life. Angelica Roache-Wilson recently graduated her BFA with Honours from Queensland College of Art.
Chapter House Lane E-news:
Do you agree with philosopher Alain de Botton who recently called Brisbane’s
cityscape “chaotic ugliness”? And, within the context of art, can ugly inspire and create interesting responses? The artists in this exhibition counter de Botton’s assertion, allowing Brisbane to be explored through physical artworks and their placement.
The title ‘Continue: Three Brisbane Artists’ references the famous advice offered by Franz Erhard Walther to artist Jonathan Meese: “continue, continue, continue”, an affirmation of the significance of the artist’s process, regardless of time, place, medium or geography. The show presents new oil paintings by Archer Davies, Angelica Roache-Wilson and a site-specific installation by Sarah Poulgrain.