Ren Inei / New Directions
This series of paintings mark a journey, a conscious movement Ren Inei is making away from a skill based arts practice focusing on tangible and concrete subject matter towards a more immediate, responsive and personal subject matter. A transition from the physical landscape towards a personal “emotional landscape”.
“These paintings are rapid responses to mood, longings and thoughts as I’m working. They are not premeditated or carefully constructed works but rather reactions and responses to the primary marks I make on the canvas or board. Each mark or application of colour becoming a reference or starting point for the next … and so the process goes on until I realise a certain stage of finality to each painting.”
Ren Inei is a painter, he is also one half of the team behind Boom Gallery, curating and hanging the exhibitions and liasing with the many artists who show at Boom.
His work is always rich with texture and tonal depth, achieved through techniques of layering and exploration of differing materials. At times, a pared back palette and approach to direction for Inei.
David Turner / Aztec
David Turner’s new exhibition of paintings entitled ‘Aztec’, are a continuation of his previous work based on research of North American Indian art. These gouache paintings were inspired by a visit to the recent exhibition ‘Aztec’ at the Melbourne Museum. Unlike David’s previous abstract paintings, the six works of the exhibition are figurative representations of the various Aztec gods.
These are striking, energetic images, detailed with vibrant colour and pattern. David’s expertise working with gouache is impressive with superb control of the medium and exactness of mark making.
Sarah Hayes & Skye Tuohey / The Slow Process
Sarah Hayes is a Melbourne based artist, working predominately in photography, cinema, painting, and installation. Combining the practices Sarah’s work is slightly voyeuristic. Capturing images of people that are in public that provide a glimpse of who they may be in private. Gathering photographic evidence of life and the human condition and producing works from this.
Over the last three years Sarah and Skye have collaborated on several art experiments. In 2011, Sarah and Skye ran a government-funded program “Kids with Cameras” located at Geelong Courthouse Arts, which resulted in a successful exhibition. In 2013, Sarah purchased a large format process camera from the Camberwell market and has since restored it to somewhat-working-order. Together, Skye and Sarah have worked on location at Testing Grounds, in the city of Melbourne, Footscray Community Arts Centre and presently Boom Gallery, Geelong photographing, processing and printing images of willing participants with their WWII process camera. The process is quite time consuming with unpredictable results.