Having Fun With The Captives

Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (GCAS) is pleased to present a major body of new work by painter Trevelyan Clay. Clay’s large-scale, graphic abstractions exist along the edges of many intersecting painting styles, drawing on a vast array of influences in an attempt to understand the compulsion to paint.

Art Exhibition previously on at Gertrude Contemporary in Fitzroy-Collingwood precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 06 February 2009 to Saturday 28 February 2009

Published by anonymous on Wednesday 11 March 2009.
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As Clay puts it “I thought of these three different species of art (Miro, graffiti art and Contemporary Aboriginal painting) and how similar their intention was despite their difference in geography and time. Creating an idiom…I am interested in re-contextualizing the idea of art (in my case graphic composition/mark making) as ‘human activity’ a seemingly pure compulsive action.”

For his exhibition at GCAS Clay will be creating a series of large wall paintings in the front gallery that will register a discordant and intense visual. These wall works will be reminiscent of high-end Capitalist graphics merged with low-fi graffiti styling and mass-produced logos. Drawing on diverse sources from automatic drawing, found images, western desert painting, Bauhaus and the work of Kandinsky, these stylistic collisions, will be softened by a more meditative space beneath the surface, that like an eye in the storm will calm the noise at the surface of the works.

“I want to massage an eyeball with a relaxed soulful wrist. The eyeball is the captive today, two different styles of juice from the one brand, for the two balls. The eye can’t drink the juice, I can.” Trevelyan Clay, 2008

Trevelyan Clay was born in Leeds, UK in 1982 and graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, 1st class Honours, in 2004. Since then he has exhibited throughout Australia and New Zealand in solo and group presentations, as well as participating in the inaugural Tokyo101 Artfair in early 2008. Clay’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Chartwell Collection, University of Wollongong, Artbank, Proclaim, Joyce Nissan, KPMG and others. He lives and works in Melbourne, and is represented by Neon Parc, Melbourne.