Louise Blyton / Melinda Harper
Mar 24 10:00 am–Apr 25 4:00 pm
Exhibition dates: Mar 24 – Apr 25, 2022
Official opening: Sun Mar 27, 2022 from 2pm – 4pm
There is a liminal space between the forms of painting and sculpture that eludes representation. A space where the third and second dimensions collide. Where line and colour, texture and form intersect, interweave and interact. Visual artists Lousie Blyton and Melinda Harper relish this space, creating striking yet unpretentious works with strong geometric motifs reminiscent of ‘The Greats’ of abstractionism and modernism – Mondrian; Rothko; Malevich.
Harpers’ interrupted tessellations and repetitions of shapes and lines create spectacular visual illusions transforming canvases into apparently living and moving three-dimensional scapes of colour. On the other hand, Blyton adopts a more reductivist approach, choosing to hero a single square or circle – stripping it of its context, encouraging it to project its own meaning into and onto a physical space.
In conversation, the works of both artists dialogue precisely, humbly and masterfully.
LOUISE BLYTON is a Melbourne based painter, sculptor, printmaker, curator and researcher. She has lived and worked in France, England and China and her works are held in private collections both locally and overseas. Blyton is captivated by the “accidental beauty in nature.” Blyton is motivated by the meditative aspect of coincidental beauty that surrounds us. It’s a reminder that you can view the world differently.
MELINDA HARPER is an Australian abstract artist based in Central Victoria. Her body of work is largely centred around her own personal psychological and visual responses to “the act of looking.” Harper’s prints, drawings, collages and paintings can be found in major public collections such as the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as many private collections.