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Hyperrealism and Improvisation | James Yuncken

BY fortyfivedownstairs | 05-Aug-2018
Hyperrealism and Improvisation are two ways James Yuncken has been working in recent times. Two quite different modes of expression fit for different purposes, to be exhibited at fortyfivedownstairs in August/September 2018.
Hyperrealism for the series of landscape paintings from a recent trip along the Oodnadatta Track.

Hyperrealism denotes a realistic treatment of a scene, an inventory of detail, but at the same time something more, an attempt to give a sense of the experience of the place – or at least his experience of it: The vastness, the sense of geological time, of grand and overwhelming natural forces slowly and inexorably at work, the struggle facing life in an extreme environment.

The Improvisations are drawings done in Yuncken’s residency at St Vincent’s Hospital.

That began almost at the same time as his trip along the Oodnadatta Track. In his once-weekly visits to St Vincent’s Caritas Christi studios, Yuncken would attempt to fill as many sheets of paper as quickly and spontaneously as he could. Perhaps a respite from the paintings determined by the world without, these are genuine improvisations, determined by the world within. No prior plan, only the spontaneous expression of a state of mind.

“There is no one way in creativity. Different ways not only serve different purposes, they can inform one another. Operating these two modes in parallel has, I believe, made me better at both.”

James Yuncken is a Melbourne based artist, working from a studio on Smith Street in Fitzroy.

James has exhibited frequently in Melbourne and Canberra since 1989, including at ROAR Studios and Span Galleries, and has recently completed a residency at St Vincent’s Hospital.