Harley Manifold / Sarah Rowe
14 March - 24 March
Harley Manifold – Gateway City
Initially inspired after returning from Hong Kong to Torquay and feeling isolated and alone after being amid such a frenzy of life in Asia and leaving a partner, these paintings explore Geelong – The Gateway City and its people. The titles of the paintings come from conversations overheard by Manifold while in Geelong seeking inspiration. The scenes are reminiscent of an everyday walk to and from work, a glimpse down a laneway, a glance over a shoulder. These seemingly insignificant moments in time usually pass by without much notice. In this latest body of work by Manifold, the everyday becomes immortalised in paint, small intimate shrines to Geelong and its inhabitants.
“It’s quite likely that people might recognise themselves in these paintings or the conversations I overheard while walking about Geelong”
Harley Manifold was born in Camperdown, Victoria in 1982. In 2003 he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Deakin University in Warrnambool. He then went onto complete his Honours in Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. He has been included in numerous Art prizes and group exhibitions. On three occasions he has been a finalist in Australia’s richest art prize for emerging artists, The Metro Art Award, and consecutively for the previous two prizes. Also two time finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2015 & 2017) as well as the Salon Des Refuses of the Archibald Prize (2016).
Manifold’s oil paintings depict the lone figure ambling through life – in alleyways, dwarfed by skyscrapers and highway overpasses, quiet places like bathrooms and the countryside to which he has returned. A dark, saturated palette details hard geometrical surroundings, bathed in the soft liminal glow of dusk and the night-time sky. Sometimes adorning the figure’s torso, a flimsy upturned cardboard box, mimics yet contrasts the impenetrable vast, heavy buildings – yet provides camouflage and protection and paradoxically severing the connection with the outside. This recurring motif’s vulnerable transient interior is accentuated by the sturdy veneers of the surrounding concreted architecture and questions the influence of the modern social delineations, boundaries and interfaces we traverse daily. Manifold’s paintings tread the discourse of unnoticed physical and psychological terrains. City landscapes, constructed by people yet cluttered by ‘anti-spaces’, Manifold’s paintings reflect tensions between states of camouflage and discontinuity in an era of increased communication and alienation.
Sarah Rowe – Cadence
Cadence is a visual exploration into rhythm through assembled paintings. Employing music as a way to draw out my own highs and lows, these works are an expression of tempo, flux and my changing outlook and temperament.
“Textiles play an important role in my inspiration and often their way into my paintings. These works are reminiscent of quilts. There are areas of focus and areas of blur, texture is formed in a brail-like way suggesting music in an abstract visual form.”
“As an artist and textile designer, my paintings usually have their roots in textiles of all variations and my textile designs are usually inspired by my paintings. My two great passions do a good job of feeding and building each other. I’m a creator whose first and last thought is of colour, I’m driven to create because of this lifelong passion. I believe there is no bad colour only a bad combinations. Any single colour will sing when it sits beside its complimentary. Colour changes and flips and has its own life. As an artist, I’m determined to use it and master it in order to make compositions that are uniquely representative of me as well as rich and joyful for the viewer. One could spend a whole lifetime improving this skill, which is what I hope to do.”
Sarah Rowe lives and works in Eltham, Victoria. “My preferred medium is oil paint. I studied Visual Art in Adelaide (UniSA) and Textile Design at RMIT. I have one dog, two cats and three chickens who do I good job of keeping me company while I work. I also have three beautiful boys at Primary school, each showing good signs of a creative spirit of their own.”
Opening Celebrations Saturday 2nd March 2pm – 4pm.
Exhibitions run 28 February – 24 March.
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