Kendal Heyes

Polynesia

New paintings on velvet.

Art Exhibition previously on at AirSpace Projects in New South Wales, Australia.
From Friday 02 September 2016 to Saturday 17 September 2016
Launch Friday 02 September 2016, 6.00-8.00pm

Untitled #10 from Polynesia series image

Published by AirSpace Projects on Thursday 18 August 2016.
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Kendal Heyes’ paintings connect to visual experiences associated with Polynesia, in particular, the paintings on velvet of Polynesian women by Edgar Leeteg, popular in the 1930’s and 40’s, and tapa cloth works, especially the freehand works from Samoa and Niue.

These paintings take from both Leeteg and the Polynesian artists an emphasis on optical effects as an aspect of painting. And like the tapa cloth works they take the form Rosalind Krauss (1) identifies as centripetal grids: ‘Concentrating on the surface of the work as something complete and internally organized,’ each work consists of a series of departures and variations of the grid that frames it.

(1) Rosalind Krauss, Grids, October, Vol. 9 (Summer, 1979), p63