T J Bateson
27 April - 21 May 2011
Opening Friday 29 April, 6-8pm
T J Bateson’s latest solo exhibition is a celebration and reflection of his current obsession with beauty within a digital pixelated world, fuelled by the discourse between technology, digital imagery and a modernist attraction to fluid media.
Representing a union of digital and traditional aesthetics, the magnification of everyday images to the point of abstraction, Bateson’s subtle shifts of hue in a limited palette result in a layering of abstract fields of pixels.
Having worked in various mediums over the past few years, including drawing, printmaking and photography, Pixel is a return to painting and a celebration of the digital pixel in paint. But it is also a continuation of Bateson’s exploration and development of the connections and inspirations of previous work.
From his printmaking background, working with either monotones or with inks that were tinged with colour, Tim has continued in his art practice to employ a reduced palette, exploring the interplay of low contrasts and how the changes in spatial relationships shift and change due to shallow spaces and the broken moment of pattern.
To him, the subtle and easily overlooked is the most striking. Within a low contrast index, shifts in textures become more distinct. Quiet, muted tonal shifts of a contemplative nature call for reflection, allowing the many layers of the artist’s work to unfurl and unfold.
Tim works in the abstract and whose aesthetic is about repetition of line and mark. A mid-career artist, he has more than 20 solo exhibitions to his name and participated in numerous group shows.
Solo shows include em’bedded at Horsham Regional Art Gallery, [fields] at fortyfivedownstairs, Woven Figures at Guildford Lane Gallery and Temporal Pixel at 69 Smith St. Group shows include Phantasy & Reality (Tacit Contemporary Art), Off The Wall (Ochre Gallery), Vivien St James, 1964-2009 (fortyfivedownstairs) and numerous galleries in Melbourne and Sydney. Tim was the Curator of the Midsumma Festival Visual Arts programme, 2008, 2009 and 2010, presenting exhibitions at galleries including fortyfivedownstairs, Platform, City Library Gallery, Red Gallery, Counihan In Brunswick, 69 Smith St, Guildford Lane Gallery, C31, Ross Watson among others.
Individual curated exhibitions include Burnt Kilometre (Louise Foletta at Tacit Contemporary Art), Vivien St James, 1964-2009 (fortyfivedownstairs) with Isaac Lumis, Naked (David Khan – 69 Smith St) and Renderings (group show, City of Glen Eira Gallery).