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Seeing Light

9 April - 20 April

9 – 20 April 2024

hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 7pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm
admission: Free

People moved through this landscape for many thousands of years treading lightly on the land and taking care of it

With paintings by Geoffrey Falk and Andrew Scollo, and installation by Sally Vivian.

GEOFFREY FALK

This group of paintings and drawings are a personal view of the Victorian landscape where rows of trees define “rooms” for occupation by cattle and sheep which have displaced the original owners for the profit and livelihood of the colonizing community.

These paintings explore the graphic impact of “occupation” and prompt work that goes towards refugee displacement worldwide by colonization.

People moved through this landscape for many thousands of years treading lightly on the land and taking care of it.

Contrast the impact of human development on landscape, the tilled fields, the urban landscape of the city, the cleared hills of regional Victoria where native vegetation has been replaced by imported grasses and windbreaks of Cyprus trees.

The severe impact of a few hundred years of anthropogenic climate change, compared to millennia of humankind walking lightly on the land which is a part of them, taking only what is necessary, taking care of the source of all being.

Image 1 – On Country, Geoffrey Falk, oil on canvas, 151 x 76cm
Image 2 – Black Angus on Country, Indian ink and oil on canvas, 76 x 76cm
Image 3 – Leaving Home, Indian ink and oil on canvas, 100 x 100cm
Image 4 – Wombat State Forest, Indian ink and oil on canvas, 100 x 100cm
Image 5 – Lights of the City, oil on canvas, 51 x 51cm

ANDREW SCOLLO

Drawing a line defines a boundary. A metaphoric position not to be crossed; a past to be forgotten; or a Rubicon once crossed to an irreversible position. The use of line in these paintings has no such symbolic meaning. Sometimes a vector between two arbitrary points, at times bunched in proximity creating a plane floating over unidentified ground. Similar to previous works by the artist, the line is a vehicle for experimentation with colour. The inherent energy of each colour that attracts or repels its neighbour also lifts it above or buries it below the ground. The immanent energy of each hue is transformed when taken from isolation and juxtaposed with another. In some works the line may hover placidly or imply kinetic or perhaps electrical energy.

No representation is attempted or implied in any of these abstract artworks. However, the process of making is not purely Platonic despite a formalist intention.  Images often challenged the process. It is not difficult to imagine superimposed landscapes or seascapes or cityscapes. The artist may exorcise the vision of a real world but ambiguous evocations of a physical world somehow persist.

Image 1 – No Plan, Andrew Scollo, acrylic (synthetic polymer) on linen, 149 x 143cm
Image 2 – No Air, Andrew Scollo, acrylic (synthetic polymer) on linen, 100 x 54cm
Image 3 – Acid Rain, Andrew Scollo, acrylic (synthetic polymer) on linen, 156 x 87cm
Image 4 – Traces, Andrew Scollo, acrylic (synthetic polymer) on linen, 202 x 54cm
Image 5 – Slice, Andrew Scollo, acrylic (synthetic polymer) on linen, 99 x 44cm

SALLY VIVIAN

Working across disciplines, Sally Vivian’s practice is installation based, using mixed media and sometimes incorporating video. Her work reflects interests in time, materiality, ephemerality and metaphysics, often exploring the interaction of light, surfaces, reflection and projection. Vivian is an emerging artist, albeit late in life, graduating from the VCA Master of Contemporary Art in 2023. Her graduate exhibition work Reflect won her an exhibition at TCB Gallery Brunswick, where Your Melting was held Dec 2023-Jan 2024. Recent installations have referenced the passing of time, transformation and climate change.

Website: sallycevivan.weebly.com

Image – Drip 1, Sally Vivian

GEOFFREY FALK

Qualifications
Bachelor of Architecture, RMIT/University of Melbourne
Registered Architect, Architects Registration Board of Victoria

Artist/architect Geoffrey Falk began drawing and painting seriously during his architecture studies at RMIT. The course in those days had a strong emphasis on hand drawing, model making and painting.

Exhibitions
Exhibited paintings in the following solo shows –
Small show in Buckleys’ Store Gallery  in 1978
Glenferrie Print Gallery in 1991
Black Sphere Gallery in Richmond in 2004
Small Gallery at fortyfivedownstairs in 2007
Small Gallery at fortyfivedownstairs in 2014
Small Gallery at fortyfivedownstairs in 2017

Geoffrey’s work has a wider public element through his practice as an architect and illustrator. His folio includes many visualisations commissioned by Melbourne and other local councils and Government Departments used for public and political consultations and for publication.

ANDREW SCOLLO

Diploma of Art & Design (Prahran CAE)
B Arch (Hons) RMIT

After his first solo exhibition in 2018 at fortyfivedownstairs Andrew Scollo has returned joining Geoff Falk and Sally Vivian for the exhibition Seeing Light.

SALLY VIVIAN

Working across disciplines, Sally Vivian’s practice is installation based, using mixed media and sometimes incorporating video. Her work reflects interests in time, materiality, ephemerality and metaphysics, often exploring the interaction of light, surfaces, reflection and projection. Vivian is an emerging artist, albeit late in life, graduating from the VCA Master of Contemporary Art in 2023. Her graduate exhibition work Reflect won her an exhibition at TCB Gallery Brunswick, where Your Melting was held Dec 2023-Jan 2024. Recent installations have referenced the passing of time, transformation and climate change.

Website: sallycevivan.weebly.com

Opening Night
Tuesday 9th April
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Large Gallery

Free Entry.
All Welcome.
No Booking Required.

Details

Start:
9 April
End:
20 April
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Venue

fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9662 9966
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fortyfivedownstairs
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03 9662 9966
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info@fortyfivedownstairs.com

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Artist
Geoffrey Falk, Andrew Scollo & Sally Vivian
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