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Shades of Grey 3
BY Tacit Contemporary | 12-Aug-2017
Shades of Grey is an annual exhibition celebrating abstract minimalism, reductivism and the process of creativity and innovation. It is a contemplative experience: stoic, meditative and silent, the works are a time for reflection. #tacitgallery
Shades of Grey 3 constitutes the next iteration of a themed exhibition instigated by TJ Bateson in 2015. The original exhibition involved three artists, the next, six – this year, with the opening of new premises, Tacit Galleries is hosting 23 artists from across Melbourne and Victoria. The exhibition is jointly curated by Emma Langridge and TJ Bateson.
Contributing artists are Kim Anderson, TJ Bateson, Louise Blyton, Elisabeth Bodey, Terri Brooks, Raymond Carter, Magda Cebokli, Kubota Fumikazu, Louise Greswell, PJ Hickman, Oliver Hutchison, Shelley Jardine, Wendy Kelly, Emma Langridge, Shannon McGrath/Marcus Piper, Peter Summers, Wilma Tabacco, Graeme Thompson, Tom Vincent, Andrew Weatherill, Ian Wells and Kathy Westfold.
These artists have diverse practices and use disparate media, yet all work falls within non-objective and abstract parameters. The curation was based on a common theme or evocation visible in the final artwork and its methods and thinking: the paintings, drawings and installations each create a place of calm and spaciousness, allowing the viewer to ruminate and reflect rather than react.
Many of the artists take a meditative, immersive approach to their practice, performing repetitive or incremental actions to form work using a generative or accretive method. Form and line may relate to music, syncopation, a mapping or charting of time, space and place. Others take meditative thought and ideas as their subject, exploring and employing notions of mindfulness and transcendence. Still others provide a space of clarity and contemplation, offering a respite for the eyes and mind.
The expansive interval between hand and eye, marks made and perceived is explored and presented in myriad forms, providing a location for silent reflection.