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MAXIMUM minimal | Andrew Scollo

BY fortyfivedownstairs | 12-May-2018
A new exhibition of vibrant colour and line with architectural origins comes to Melbourne’s fortyfivedownstairs in May/June 2018.
Retiring after a few decades as a practising architect, Andrew Scollo has returned to his first interest: making art. He initially graduated from art school in the early seventies majoring in sculpture. During the last few years he began exploring ideas and speculations about painting, producing small works on paper. Despite the many and recent pronouncements of the death of painting, he extended this experimentation to paint on canvas. This resulted in the work for the current and his first solo exhibition.

Architects draw lines to describe real things. The line indicates the location and the extent of an object and often—albeit by symbolic representation—what that object is. In MAXIMUM minimal, the line performs a different function. Lines are liberated from materiality, with no particular beginning or end.

The paintings have no intended viewpoint and could be segmented into many small compositions. Many small phrases repeat, creating a dimension of time. The intention of the exhibition is meditative rather than narrative.

The line in Scollo’s MAXIMUM minimal provides a vehicle through which he explores the visible and invisible; the strong and weak forces of colour.