Luke Kolbusz: NEW ARMOUR
(Catalogue essay excerpt by Harry Sanderson)
In early 2021 Luke Kolbusz rented a studio in Perth and began painting full time. This period of sustained concentration came after a few years of more fragmented practice following his graduation from UWA (BA Fine Art), which culminated in his first solo show, BIG WORLD. Ironically, it was only on the success of that first exhibition that Kolbusz’s scope truly expanded: he began working on larger canvases, increased the volume of his output, and made painting his primary vocation.
The muddy forms which had appeared in the BIG WORLD work also came into sharper focus. Those early paintings had consisted of vague figures and abstract shapes, which tended to fade through the canvas like fish in dark water. The new work was bright and lucid: the lines were clear and firm, and bolder blocks of colour began to appear against the washed-out out backgrounds. Kolbusz was developing into an artist who, if not necessarily more confident, was willing to be more upfront about his uncertainty.
This will be Luke Kolbusz’s second solo exhibition since graduation from Fine Arts (UWA) and after his sell-out first exhibition called Big World in 2020.
Sayer, 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 168 x 153cm
Austin Honour: BLUE ROOM
Austin Honour is a British/Australian multidisciplinary artist who’s work collages conventions of painting, sculpture and tattooing. Previously located in Berlin, Honour is now based in Perth, Australia.
Interested in ideologies of history, material and value, Honour works within a holistic studio practice which aims to connect media, concept and form. Honour’s recent paintings stem from an engagement with found imagery often depicting objects of history and nature. Harking back as a pastiche of Picasso’s blue period and Yves Klein, Honour’s work tethers itself through colour as if being viewed through a veil of blue.
Honour was awarded a BA (Hons) Fine Arts from Central St Martins in London in 2014.
The Mask, 2020. Oil on canvas, 140 x 105cm
Leah Robbie – curator: AT HOME
At Home represents the conclusion of a two year research project by curator Leah Robbie into the history of Perth’s domestic exhibition spaces. Materialised into an immersive installation at Kolbusz Space, you will be invited to explore a piece of Perth’s art history through the use of vintage furniture and featuring available works of early career artists:
Beverley ILES, Emma HORVÁT & Ómra CAOIMHE, Eveline RUYS, Georgia BISLEY, Hannah BECSI, Jane GRIERSON, Jane ZIEMONS, Joana PARTYKA, Laura SIKES, Marina VAN LEEUWEN, Rae WALTER, Sophie LA MAITRE
Image: Terry Vinci, California Design 1930-65: Living in a Modern Way exhibition. 2014, Digital image.
Jordy Hewitt: WELLSPRING
Jordy Hewitt is an emerging Australian artist and painter. Born in Perth in 1985, she was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Curtin University in 2014. She has exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions and prizes including The Hutchins Art Prize (Tas), Whyalla Art Prize (SA), The Agendo Art Prize (VIC) and The Mandorla Art Award (WA). In 2016 she was awarded a Commercial Development Grant through the Department of Culture and the Arts, which helped her exhibit at The Other Art Fair in Sydney, where she won the People’s Choice Prize and her work promptly started garnering serious attention.
Hewitt’s new work shows a shedding away from what she has known to evolve deeper and find a new cycle and beginning, and challenge her mode d’emploi. Deliberately corrupting beautiful and blended colour fields into new muddy, dirty and unpredictable paintings, Hewitt takes them to an edge of mess through slapping, scraping and scratching. This new work shows bravery and confidence for an artist pushing themselves into uncharted realms and has resulted in hugely exciting new paintings.
Wellspring X, 2021. Oil and wax on canvas, 220 x 170 cm
Mal Harry: BORDERS OF ORDER
New installation work questioning Harry’s own personal biases, in the way he observes the world and processes information.
“This work relates to broader cultural biases in how we all observe, respond to and care for the land we live in. That’s from an individual’s response, through to the cultural systems we take for granted. There are many questions to ask about the true value of relating to and analysing the world in tiny, systemized parts. In the other extreme; what practical value is overlooked when processing information through a more expansive and “feeling” interaction when relating to objects and the space around us?”
Oyster Quadrat Version 2 – Settlers Beach. Oil & alkyd medium on aluminium plate 995 x 995mm
Eric Hynynen: NOTHING IN BETWEEN
Hynynen is a collectible and award winning Finnish-Australian artist who captures a humanity which connects people with art through his bold and thought provoking works.
Hynynen’s practice moves seamlessly between painting, video and sculpture. His two-tone palettes invite a meditative contemplation on the dichotomies in society, providing a counterpoint between ‘man-made’ modernity, consumerism and expectation against the value and potential of simplicity in the natural world.
Nothing In Between will feature new abstract, sculptural Canvascape works which are enquiries into form and material, ebb and flow. These will be contrasted with new figurative paintings revealed in their essential elements of light and dark.
Bystander. 2021, oil on canvas 150 x 150cm
Gaye Jurisich: SECRETS & EXPOSURES
Gaye Jurisich lives and works in Hamilton, New Zealand and is the first international artist to exhibit at Kolbusz Space. Hugely accomplished, Jurisich is an extensively respected and reviewed multi-disciplinary artist. This exhibition will be the first time Jurisich will show paintings in Australia and will also include some smaller sculptural works.
Secrets and Exposures are new works which interpret landscape as both narrative and energy, looking past the obvious to the artist’s interpretation of time, scale, space, spirit and combines this with her memories, desires, passions and fears.
When The Gates Close. 2020, mixed media on board 40 x 48cm
Anna Sabadini: STUDIO DIRECT
Studio Direct at Kolbusz Space presents a curated selection of Anna Sabadini’s recognisable investigations that include palettes and references to Old Master paintings. Each work moves beyond traditional edges by including an expanded context of materiality and inspiration from art history. The visibility of this context allows the viewer to appreciate the importance of relationships between paint, painting, painter and painting history.
After receiving a Doctor of Creative Arts from Curtin University, Sabadini taught there for many years. She has exhibited nationally and her work has won numerous awards and is in significant collections.
Studio Direct exhibitions provide collectors with a significant opportunity to invest in affordable and collectible works as a once-off opportunity. These exhibitions specifically support artists through periods of growth and flux in order to allow space and funds for further development of their artistic practices and promote sustainability of important artistic careers.
Palette and Ideas. Ink and paper and oil on board 60 x 60cm
Waldemar Kolbusz: NOW
New works concerning experiences we may all share, or want to share in contemporary everydayness, with consideration of the increasingly blurred difference between what we actually experience and what we convince ourselves (and others) we think should be the case.
These works have forced a slowing down in both process and a practical sense in the hope to reclaim our feelings and experiences as truthfully our own.
Continues at Aptos Cruz galleries ADELAIDE
Honey Boy. 2021, oil on linen 153 x 183cm
Joana Partyka: SUPPOSE YOU BROUGHT THE LIGHT INSIDE OF THE BODY
In April 2020, the former president of the United States suggested injecting light and disinfectant into people’s bodies as a treatment for coronavirus. This is a thing that happened.
Suppose You Brought the Light Inside of the Body is an exploration of the meandering sorrow and absurdity of 2020. In this unique series of ceramic works, Partyka attempts to both make sense of and comment on the bewildering state of contemporary life and politics – the bush fires, the global pandemic, the social upheaval, the activism, the bumbling and bad politicians.
Fuelled by rage and grief, the work seeks to push the viewer to reflect on their own experience of the year, as well as offer hope and beauty from its ashes.
Partyka is a ceramicist, illustrator and political staffer based in Boorloo (Perth) and this is her first solo exhibition.
Abolition. 2020, white stoneware, glaze, gold lustre, height 18cm.
Matthew McVeigh: RORSCHACH
Rorschach is a digital print series inspired by the amorphous ink blots while also playing homage to Andy Warhol’s 1984 series by the same name.
Developed by the Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach in the early 20th century, the Rorschach test consists of ten standardized blots for a patient to decipher.
In these works made during isolation in 2020, McVeigh has collated media images on a range of social, political, economic and environmental issues that have both played on his psyche and saturated the media.
These layered and mirrored works invite the viewer to themselves decipher and contemplate the visual language of manipulated media imagery. Through these ten works, the same number as original blots, McVeigh has captured the veracity of where humanity has been in this era of post truth and anthropocene.
Military 2020 digital print 150 x 120cm
Art Mart 2020
selected artists – studio direct
Selected artists are encouraged to submit studio stock and experimental works, to invite collectors to start investigating their practice with a view to further investment. These art marts are designed for discounted work to sell, for introductions to be started, and grow confidence for new collectors.
Waldemar Kolbusz: NEAR YOU
Near You is a new body of work about the interplay between chance and identity – the similarities in experiences we may share and the disconnect in others, the randomness of that, and how it shapes who we become.
Continued at .M Contemporary in SYDNEY Nov 2020
Lobby 2020 oil on linen 122 x 91cm
Sam Bloor: THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF A MOUNTAIN.
Sam Bloor presents The Birth and Death Of a Mountain. An exhibition of new textile and print works exploring Bloor’s upbringing in cult-like surroundings as the son of a preacher. Notions of eternity and agency collide, presenting new reflections upon the ways we find solace in the ever expanding and collapsing void that is our universe.
Waldemar Kolbusz: FOR THE CHANCE OF IT
Continued at GallerySmith MELBOURNE June / July 2020
With a practice that alternates between abstract and more figurative painting, Waldemar Kolbusz’ works come naturally charged with a high energy. His large brightly coloured canvases pulsate and move, allowing a rich engagement with the works. He has always worked in a fluid way, and whilst a significant shift in thinking is required for different genres, his cerebral approach allows him to do both. It informs and nourishes the work; allowing freedom in the figurative works and giving shape to the abstract.
Lift 2020 oil on linen 152x122cm