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Vision Tunnel

April 18 - May 18, 2019

 
 
front gallery - installation view
 
 
front gallery - installation view
 
 
front gallery - installation view
 
 
installation view - back gallery through to front gallery
 
 
back gallery - installation view
 
 
back gallery - installation view
 
Virtuoso mark-maker that he is, be it with spray can, squeegee or brush, Tjalling de Vries is also the King of install. Paintings leant, paintings placed and spaces between are always considered. And, for the first time, the windows of Jonathan Smart Gallery have been specially painted for an exhibition.

The show is called Vision Tunnel, and behind the painterly fluoro yellow brush-marks, as broad and brick-like as the concrete blocks below, seeing is sharpened by the quiet yellow glow. The painted fields stop short of the glazed pane edges, though, and there’s a trick. Cue the edges of the paintings in the show – often offset, wrapped by form, and always carefully conceived and executed with precision.


front gallery  - installation view

 
The tall painted panes of glass comprising the gallery’s west wall are separated by thin metal mullions. Cue a new format for de Vries within – let’s call them stick paintings for lack of a better term – the same height as the artist and just as thin. Crucially, they allow wonderfully playful description of forms around edge, that sometimes flatten right out despite the lack of significant surface area.

The technical facility exhibited by Tjalling de Vries is terrific. His trompe l’oeil crumpled paper look offers lightness and joy. The paintings are animated and playful. Acknowledging the physical context of the gallery, he extends the field of painting with almost sculptural breadth. His touch however is lyrical – the feeling serious but generous all at once.
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Selected works

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Experienced Sensitive

 

Biscuit Chief

 

Insight Horizon
       Voter Drawer

 

Legend College
        Team Horn

 

History Pan
        Helmet Capital

 

Grandmother Blue
         Slab Crude

 

Details of 1890 x 65 x 45mm works:

 
Person Banana_detail
   Reptile Tragedy_detail     Ostracize Youth_detail

 

Bury Hospital_detail
   Photography Brake_detail    Dramatic Speed_detail

 

List of works


Experienced Sensitive        mixed media on cotton duck        2200 x 1900mm        $10,000

Biscuit Chief        mixed media on cotton duck        2200 x 1900mm        $10,000

Insight Horizon        mixed media on cotton duck        850 x 750mm        $3400

Voter Drawer        mixed media on cotton duck        850 x 750mm        $3400

Legend College        mixed media on cotton duck        850 x 750mm        $3400

Team Horn        mixed media on cotton duck        850 x 750mm        $3400

History Pan        mixed media on linen        850 x 650mm        $3400

Helmet Capital        mixed media on linen        850 x 650mm        $3400

Grandmother Blue       mixed media on cotton duck        655 x 545mm        $3400

Slab Crude        mixed media on cotton duck        850 x 750mm        $3400

Person Banana        mixed media on cotton duck        1890 x 65 x 45mm        $900

Reptile Tragedy        mixed media on cotton duck        1890 x 65 x 45mm        $900

Ostracize Youth        mixed media on cotton duck        1890 x 65 x 45mm        $900

Bury Hospital        mixed media on cotton duck        1890 x 65 x 45mm        $900

Photography Brake        mixed media on cotton duck        1890 x 65 x 45mm        $900

Dramatic Speed        mixed media on cotton duck        1890 x 65 x 45mm        $900

Thrust Disc        mixed media on cotton duck        1890 x 65 x 45mm        $900

Admission Activity        mixed media on cotton duck        1890 x 65 x 45mm        $900


All works are from 2019
Prices include GST

 

 

Tjalling installing
The artist installing in the back gallery...