T J Bateson
Galleries 1,2, 3, 4, 5 & Happy School Project Space
27 August - 14 September 2014
Opening Wednesday 27 August, 6.30-8pm
Exhibition to be opened by Assoc. Professor Max Wolf
Reaction to being informed you have Stage IV Mantle Cell Lymphoma does not normally include planning a large-scale, 3-week solo exhibition that includes raising money for the Peter Mac Foundation. But T J Bateson, artist and curator with more than 20 years exhibiting history, has done just that.
Diagnosed in January 2014, Tim was informed that he would be off work as a media teacher for a minimum of 12 months. He would undergo intensive treatment at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for six months, including several extended stays in hospital.
Determined to be creative in spite of the diagnosis and with a desperate need to make work throughout the treatment, Tim will present Medicated at Tacit Contemporary Art.
A known colourist, in Medicated, Tim continues to focus on his fascination with subtle shifts and nuances of colour and tonality. But, where in the past his abstract works may have seen a grey green against a grey violet with touches of a grey red for good measure, in Medicated Tim has taken a different yet related direction.
With precision, a repeated series of stripes, spatially varied and sized, cut across the surfaces, creating a rhythm of both movement and colour, with different shades of reds, blues and greens (as well as those all important greys) juxtaposed with and against each other. On paper, fabric and canvas, Tim has created a mathematical warp and weft of pencil and brush, a mirrored tightness of needle and thread, influenced as they are by rugs and fabrics.
Taking that influence to its next stage, and in a radical new departure for his art practice, six 3 x 2 metre rugs are included in the exhibition, as well as bed linen made by Tim as a result of the desire to be cocooned in home luxury following extended stays in hospital and shared wards. A specially commissioned film celebrating creativity in the face of adversity and made possible by crowdsourcing and co-produced with Singing Bowl Media, will feature.
All works in the exhibition were created whilst medicated during treatment, including periods when in hospital itself. 50% of all sales will be donated to the Peter Mac Foundation for the further research into cancer.
T J Bateson has extensive experience as an exhibiting artist and curator, with more than 20 solo exhibitions to his name and numerous group shows in Melbourne, Sydney and regional Victoria. His solo shows include fortyfivedownstairs; City of Glen Eira Gallery; Horsham Regional Gallery; Tacit Contemporary Art; Switchback Gallery, Churchill; Paddington Contemporary Art. Tim was the Visual Arts Curator of Midsumma, 2008-10 and is currently the curator of Tacit Contemporary Art.
'Medicated' is supported by