Strange Frame  

curated by  Craig Easton 

Chris Bond

Raphael Buttonshaw

Craig Easton

PJ Hickman

Suzie Idiens

Robin Kingston

Charles O’Loughlin

Bryan Spier

This title Strange Frame came about as an accident, a Chinese whisper of a thing caught between one idea about framing, the other to do with defining a strange kind of geometry. In the end this accident felt well timed, as this grouping of artists takes as a starting point much that is framed by non-objective, reductive or concrete positions such that at one end of the spectrum there is an adherence to the object, processes of making, material conditions, and how that object might operate in time and space. While at the other end of things, ‘non-objective’ is also taken here as a frame for the subjective other, the messy sometimes strange side of abstraction capable of including but also breaking with concrete contingencies. The quotidian world with its endless frames of reference comes with this and most of the more formal and geometric elements in this show are either generated by, or bent out of shape in this intersection.

For Charles O’Loughlin, geometry comes about through a careful recording and Excel mapping of each day’s, week’s and, ultimately, month’s events.

PJ Hickman makes paintings that aim at a tangled positioning somewhere between formal abstraction and text.

Chris Bond takes a pre-existing format of official paper sizes and uses it to generate sets and subsets of monochrome paintings.

Bryan Spier uses random plywood offcuts to determine the awkward shape of his supports. Each support then operates as subject via a tracing and transformation of itself into a painting evoking light and motion.

Craig Easton presents modular aluminium shelf works that also play with painted representations and amplifications of their own object structures.

Suzie Idiens works with colour, making floating shaped panels of near neon intensity. These objects bridge Formal and Minimal histories while capturing a flickering present in their high-gloss manufactured surfaces.

Robin Kingston works directly on the wall, responding to the architectural situation with a kind of fluid geometry that brings an idiosyncratic hand to otherwise rational structures.

Raphael Buttonshaw takes geometric based abstraction into the realms of furniture, hoping always to corrupt ‘design’ rather than be subsumed by it.

This Strange Frame is then about two impulses. One materialist/rationalist. And its other. Always present. Possibly highlighted here. The non-objective creates the frame. The strange thing is how wide open it is.

Craig Easton

Craig Easton is a Melbourne based artist