Step Size Zero | James Cousins

Opening event Tuesday September 4, from 5.00pm

Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland 

James Cousins employs a range of analogue and digital techniques to create his optically challenging works. One of the key digital processes is using a Graphtec cutter set at ‘step size 0’ which allows for a regulated level of accuracy and optimum precision for the cutting of long lines, arcs and curves that form Cousins’ vinyl stencils. These stencils are later used to screenprint paint onto the surface of the works; building up layers to conceal and reveal. Relative to his recent work, these new works presented in Step Size Zero occur via an ensemble of apparatus’ to apply paint in ways that both circumnavigate a privileging of the hand, whilst enabling the forming of trajectories and orientations that inscribe the canvas surface.

The demands of these large new works pressurise ideas of precision. Embedded images afforded by the stencil, oscillate between regulated complex patterns and unregulated machine incidentals, slips, rumbles, blips, and bleeds – between the finitely precise and infinitely expansive. These works operate on thresholds between the painterly mark and image, between interior and exterior, the paintings entry into the world, and the world’s entry into painting.

Date(s) - 04/09/2018 - 29/09/2018
12:00 am