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CODE by Kathryn Brimblecombe Fox – Stardust is Landscape

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Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox, Unseen, 2015, oil on linen, courtesy artist

“CODE”, says Brisbane based artist Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox, “… will be an exhibition of paintings that reflect upon the influence of 21st century emerging technologies on our lives and what they mean for the future.

Her solo exhibition of paintings CODE will be be held Graydon Gallery, in New Farm at Brisbane in Queensland, 21 July – 2 August, 2015.

CODE is all about a system used for brevity or secrecy of communication. Arbitrarily chosen words, letters, or symbols are usually assigned definite meanings. The paintings will reflect on the way technology is impacting on our lives, whether good or bad.

“In my paintings”, says Kathryn, “… I ‘play’ with perspective, landscape, the tree-of-life symbol, cosmology, various meanings of code and more. When I paint I think about all of these things and what they might mean in the cosmological and technological 21st century” Kathryn said.

Kathryn Brimblecombe Fox is examining the relationship of humans who signify the microcosm, to the world as a whole, the macrocosm and the computer code that ‘ubiquitously impacts on our daily lives’.

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Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox, Universal Code 2015, oil on linen, courtesy artist

She observed …“Life emanates from the deep past in the stardust created at the Big Bang…thus, stardust is landscape” she says.

Kathryn’s ‘interest in cosmology developed as a child living in the flat treeless Pirrinuan black soil plain in Western Queensland’ and it is still paramount, as is my quest to untether landscape from Earth-bound horizons.

“It’s all inter-related” she says.

Kathryn’s family were achievers in the field of academic learning.

Her father’s interest in technology advancement impacted on her journey as an artist.

Building the device that tracked Sputnik 1 through the landscape of outer space helped focus her mind on the great spaces within the universe and how we relate to them.

Her mother’s own journey in the arts also had an impact.

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Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox, Seeking Perspective 2015, oil on linen, courtesy artist

She stimulated her daughter’s interest in the abstract; emphasizing lines, colors, generalized or geometrical forms, especially with reference to their relationship to one another

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Catherine the Great – Artful Pursuit of a Russian Parnassus

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St Petersburg – the Venice of the North

Czar Peter 1 (1672-1725), aka Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg, which became a city of the eighteenth century age of Enlightenment with Russia, for two centuries and fourteen years, becoming an integral part of Europe. (1703-1917).

Czar Peter and his heirs pursued their passion for art, design and style. They commissioned some of the most brilliant representatives of the European schools of art and architecture and helped to transform the marshy delta of the Neva into the remarkable architectural ensemble, which so often referred to as the Venice of the North.

St Petersburg became the symbol of Russian culture, admired by the most renowned personalities of the time. In his Essay on Morals, the French writer and Philosophe Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet 1694-1778) spoke out against tyranny, bigotry and cruelty, marvelling at the vision of Peter the Great.

He emphasized the speed with which the arts had blossomed in St. Petersburg, as he supported ideals of progress.

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Jean-Marc Nattier, Portrait of Tsar Peter 1, 1717, courtesy Residenz Museum, Munich

Russia’s march toward civilisation became one of the major events of his century.

All the principal Russian arts, literature, music, theatre, ballet were and still remain to this day, inextricably linked to the city

At Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar’s Village) examples of every sort of architecture were distributed through the park in an astonishing structural variety, which constantly presented new views and lent great charm to a walk in its grounds.

Many of the great events in the history of Russian architecture of the period took place at Tsarskoe Selo. It became a Russian Parnassus, a place where prominent writers and poets gathered recording their impressions of its many splendours.

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