Earth maybe our home, but the universe is our environment, is the by-line for painter Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox’s latest solo exhibition of artworks to be held in the Graydon Gallery at Brisbane from 15 – 27th October, 2013.
As always, in her new show Cosmic Address Kathryn’s shows offer a glimpse into an enlightened and very colourful realm full of depth and texture, one in which she endeavours always to reveal the intangibles that so often occlude the truth about light and life.
She invites us to ‘step outside ourselves’ to address issues of art, science and religious beliefs as co-travellers in the universe through cosmology: the study of the universe and its close and far distances, both temporal and spatial.
Imaginatively she is all about highlighting the contrast between humanities two separate worlds; the outer one where nature remains in awe-inspiring control and the inner one, unique to each individually, which we artificially create as a sanctuary for ourselves.
It is a place where we can go to seek and find both peace and ease.
In her own words Kathryn says “My paintings are not attempts to illustrate scientific discoveries, but rather they are explorations of the possibility revealed by science…the ‘what ifs’…or perhaps visual theories?
She combines symbols we might more generally associate with religious beliefs across diverse cultures with ‘imaginary ‘scopes’ to weave modern day stories, which seemingly have no beginning, no middle, nor end’.
Her landscapes are not earth bound by any stretch of the imagination. They reach out across time and space to deliver their own messages, both powerfully and with great élan.
Kathryn is on a constant search for answers across all paradigms, while constantly searching for a way of approaching life from an entirely new perspective that will allow each and every one of us to better understand the world that we live in.
She explores psychological dimensions of colour; hue, value and saturation and how it is produced through our visual perception.
She often contradicts our past visual experiences by using texture in ways that are entirely unexpected.
Kathryn wants us to address each work of art from a new viewpoint as we endeavour to know or understand if it differs from other similar works because it exhibits greater than normal significance.
She says about her work Multiple Landscapes “The possibility of multiple stories excites me, for many reasons. One of these reasons is that the potential of multiplicity mirrors my interest in multiple perspective, both literal and metaphoric. I am particularly interested in triggering experiences where the viewer might ‘see’ multiple perspectives simultaneously. Cosmological research is certainly pushing perspectives to horizons previously never imagined…and in all directions too. It invites…even demands…us to engage.”
Art has many roles in our society. It creates beauty, enhances our environment, reveals truth, immortalizes people and subjects, expresses chaos, religious beliefs and political ideologies as well as poses questions about fantastic ideas and places.
For instance: although the Mona Lisa is thought by many to be a painting about ideal beauty, at the time it was created it was highly regarded for the amazing aerial perspective of its background, the illusion of solidity in the figure and invited scrutiny because it was the only painting its artist Leonardo da Vinci would not sell.
Art stimulates the intellect, fires up the emotions, records and commemorates experience and reflects the social and cultural context in which it has been conceived. It can also protest injustice, raise social consciousness and elevate the commonplace as it meets the needs of the artist and viewer.
Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox in her new exhibition is once again exploring our humanity, seeking to know what is often beyond the realm of our easy understanding.
She is eagerly exploring how life can continue to be sustained in the here and now, as well as in the future of our planet and indeed, the whole universe.
Kathryn notes that she is “… particularly interested in triggering experiences where the viewer might ‘see’ multiple perspectives simultaneously.
“Cosmological research is certainly about pushing those perspectives to horizons previously never imagined…and in all directions too. It invites…even demands…us to engage.”
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle 2013
29 Merthyr Road, New Farm at Brisbane
Tuesday 15 – Sunday 27 October
Open Daily 10 am – 6 pm or by appointment
*Opening Night – Friday 18 October 6 – 8 pm
*Artist’s Talk and Tour of Exhibition – Sunday 20 October 10.30 am
*Cosmic Sounds Meditation
Universal vibrations with Tibetan Bowl meditation lead by Gabriele Engstrom Thursday 24 October 7 – 9 pm
For a more creative story about getting to the point of perspective please read Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox’s short story Stirring The Star Dust