Sutton Gallery

current exhibitions

Lindy Lee
Saturday, 17 November, 2018 to Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Lindy Lee's practice considers her Chinese Australian heritage primarily through the philosophies of Zen Buddhism and Taoism. In Kalpa Fires the artist juxtaposes historical images from her family's archive with abstract fire drawings to reflect on the cosmos and our interconnectivity and transience as beings.

Lee has invoked the elements in these works on paper by repeatedly piercing, scorching and drenching them with fire and water. As each burn mark and notation embodies a single moment, similarly, each photographic portrait is the record of an instant of time in the sitter's life. By aligning the photographic (and human) with the elemental, Lee addresses the vast sweep of time that is intrinsic to all nature and life and draws on the cosmos as the totality of everything that has happened in the past, present and future. Cosmos is the eternal unfolding of time - of cause, condition and process. From an ego standpoint, individual life may seem unutterably insignificant in comparison to this unfathomable magnitude, yet from an absolute perspective, each life is a living unit of cosmological time. As Dogen, the 13th-century Japanese Zen master relates: we are time-beings.

*In Buddhism, a kalpa is an immeasurably huge unit of cosmological time so vast that if an angel were to descend from heaven every 500 years to brush the world's highest mountain with her wings, the mountain would be completely depleted long before the end of a kalpa. A kalpa fire is the apocalyptic event that ends all epochs... all time.

Brett Colquhoun
Saturday, 17 November, 2018 to Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Brett Colquhoun's paintings explore the phenomena of absence, presence and memory as captured in moments of time. While these paintings are representational, their fragmented planes and minimal rendering tend toward the abstract. Previously, Colquhoun has painted static reflections of transient impressions - thumbprints, lightning, tree rings, burning matches and film reels, making visible the remnants of an action or exposure. In his Breath series, Colquhoun created psychological spaces in which vague orbs appear to obscure - or perhaps erase - vistas of serene landscapes.

Invested with trepidation and apprehension, the paintings in Colquhoun's new exhibition Impending, emerge as a setting for imminent activity. Each artwork in this series features a dense ground intercepted with fine lines, suggesting either trip wires suspended over thick vegetation or ropes draping a theatre stage. These threads function as a metaphorical visual device to activate the image and conceptually ensnare the viewer within the artwork. It is the combination of symbolic meaning with a lightness of touch evident in these works, which encourages contemplation and makes Colquhoun's paintings exude a strange and elegant mystery.