Daze of Being Wild 2012

Art Life , Exhibitions Aug 10, 2012 No Comments

From Sharne Wolff

As the title suggests, TV Moore’s new exhibition is dazzling, colourful and rather fun. Usually known for his video and new media work, the artist had two years away from full time practice before returning to the Sydney scene with the intriguing Daze of Being Wild, a sequel to his Colour Drunks shown in Melbourne earlier this year.

Moore has used an array of colour – his dark colours provide depth and drama while pinks, reds and limes dominate, together creating a psychedelic, trippy feel that beckons the viewer in for the experience. Brushstrokes are thick, curvy and childlike without appearing hurried. Figures emerge in some like in Knocking Shop but can easily disappear, body parts morphing in and out of the background. Eyes are found everywhere. In Bret Easton Ellis the picture appears as a collage of triangular shapes (or photographs?) over paint.

But what exactly are we looking at? Moore provokes the viewer with some neat ambiguity in the medium. His pictures are actually photographs of abstract paintings (complete with hand-painted frames). As a result they play with ideas of art history – hinting at several ‘isms’ without really conforming to any.

Until 18 August 2012
RoslynOxley9 Gallery, Paddington
Pic: TV Moore ‘Bret Easton Ellis’, 2012 colour photograph with hand painted frame, 125 × 173cm. Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.

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