“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’.
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.
She stimulated her daughter’s interest in the abstract;
Kathryn wants to un-tether the ideas associated with only having ‘earth bound horizons’ and imagine ways in which we might ‘reveal pathways into the future’.
She believes that the senses are temporally subject to the motions of the world and at the zenith: things that are within time and things that are beyond time coincide in reason.
Kathryn is a prolific artist, the sheer number of works she produces is extraordinary.
She asks questions all the time, something I relate to because it appears I drove my own family completely mad doing the same thing.
It was about more than just curiosity for me, as I suspect it may have been for Kathryn.
It is about going back on a journey to the source to help plan and construct the way ahead. Past, present, future all integral to each other – logical when you think about it, although there can be a tendency to ‘overthink’.
Kathryn says the painting she calls Code “…asks’ where the code of life might be found.
Is it in the inherent symbolism of the age-old transcultural religious tree-of-life or in binary code or perhaps in some other kind of code or maybe there is no code?
If you look closely some of the tree’s branches are electronic circuits and the swirling tail of the tree ends in binary code for LIFE.
A number of the paintings in the exhibition combine binary code, the tree-of-life, landscape and the cosmos”
Patterns on every scale have a relationship to mathematics in nature and everything on our planet complies with its Code.
The chambers of a Nautilus shell governed my mathematical certainties, the one before half the size of the current chamber, while the one after is twice as big. Rivers on earth while meandering follow a mathematical formula, as they do on dried up riverbeds on the planet Mars – these are all universal scientific facts.
Kathryn believes she is on a learning curve with each painting.
She observes that as she proceeds “… I learn more about paint, surface materials and mediums such as water, turps and oil” she says.
She continues “… a less detailed painting may strike a inner chord with me that culminates in another more detailed painting. There’s a rhythm…”
Projecting computer code that impacts so much on our daily lives is another objective as it assists Kathryn to produce her works and communicate with her clients, fans and followers.
She hastily points out she’s not a computer scientist or IT specialist, her brother does that, just someone endeavouring to keep up with how fast the world of computers is forever changing shape and challenging our intellectualism.
Like us all she does not admire its ability to enable surveillance, secrecy, data collection, cyber malevolence, manipulation and more.
She wonders whether it will become a double-edged sword, perhaps even going beyond what we do know as factual to a point and then exceed human intelligence.
In this show some paintings depict ambiguous future landscapes with imagined cosmic perspectives.
Others depict possible new planetary homes, while yet others combine symbolic representations of the age-old tree-of-life and the binary CODE for LIFE.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016