Opening Thursday May 10, from 6pm
NKB Gallery, Auckland
Still Life with Landscape is a new series of paintings by Adrian Jackman.
Still Life with Landscape, is what you first see when you pull into any small town – the bright light, the static open spaces. It is only after looking closer, discovering more, that you begin to make out the landmarks and figures of those who inhabit that space.
At first glance, these new paintings are a drone-eye view of the plains, ravines and patchwork fenced-in farmland of the artist’s new home in the Wairarapa. As the eye ranges it teases out more information, figures and objects float through unhinged within the painted surface. The technological clutter that inhabits the visual topography of the everyday, acts as a buffer and diffuses the viewers focus.
A Pantone colour palete of what’s been trending globally over a three year period forms the basis for this series of works. As does an interest in Seurat’s pointillist technique known as ‘chromoluminarism’ – a method that utilises colours in patches that essentially trick the eye into blending them, creating luminance and shape.
Fields of flat solid colour are arranged and held together with clean sharp lines which diverge, align, and intersect across the surface of these works. New forms appear and disappear, developing a complex web of relationships and endless a rythmic flow for the viewer to move through.
Adrian Jackman graduated in 1997 with an MFA from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts and has exhibited widely thought New Zealand since. His recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Sarjeant Gallery, from the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence programmed and a Solo exhibition at Bath Street. His work is held in public, private and corporate collections across New Zealand & Overseas, including: TSB Wallace Arts Trust, The Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, Citibank Art Collection, Perpetual Guardian Trust, Auckland City Council.
Date(s) - 10/05/2018 - 31/05/2018