Are you an art lover in Melbourne? Mark your calendar! New abstract works by artist and Shillington Melbourne part-time teacher Spencer Harrison. In No-self, Spencer explores meditations on colour, form, mindfulness and the visual experience.
“This series is inspired by my mindfulness practice and is an effort to strip back to more simple forms, creating compositions with intricate relationships between form, colour and space.
The works extend on the ideas of early 20th century modernist artists, who removed the figure from their work, favouring pure abstraction as their means of expression. By doing so they sought to give the viewer a completely perceptual & emotional experience, free of conceptual analysis. These ideas are mirrored in Zen Buddhist philosophy, which seeks to calm the conceptual mind and reach a point of direct perceptual existence.
The process of creating these pieces draws from the ideas of both practices, using simple collage studies as the basis for the final composition.
To create the collages, I let my intuition guide me, selecting colours, carving out forms and arranging the compositions until there is a balance between tension and harmony. Once completed, each composition exists as a net of relationships, with the colour, forms and positioning all vital to the final piece.
Free from the constraints of representation, my aim for these pieces is for them to act as objects of contemplation; a prompt for the viewer to pause and be absorbed in a visual experience.”
Exhibition on Tuesday 19 July from 6—9pm in Melbourne
Artist Talk on Saturday 21 July from 1—2pm