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Pause II [Redux]

TJ Bateson


23 August - 10 September 2017

Opening Wednesday 23 August, 6.30-8pm

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“Once engaged, we are no longer the passive observer - we are provoked into a response, a sophisticated, ethereal response to fundamental material processes.” So stated John Rabling in The Pinoteca July 2016 of TJ Bateson’s work which explores an iteration of mark that embraces and celebrates machine-made aesthetics alongside evidence of the hand of the artist within an immersive, visual experience.

Through introspection into the personal meaning,his work has a gentle, calming influence that is striving to be immersive - a totality of aesthetic experience - and intriguing, process-based that both requires and reflects time spent by both the artist and the viewer. It looks to the essay in discretion, inwardness and silence of artists such as Agnes Martin in its minimalist, ethereal quiet. But TJ has also, throughout his practice, continued his exploration of colour and low tonality, which have become synonymous with his work. Quiet, muted tonal shifts of a contemplative nature and the broken moment of pattern call for reflection, allowing the many layers of the artist’s work to unfurl and unfold.

To him, the subtle and easily overlooked is the most striking.

Pause II [Redux] represents a scaled down version of the major 25 year retrospective held at Tacit Galleries. Works included focus primarily on the small works on paper from TJ Bateson's early practice.

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