Al Stark: The Nature of Things - Art Collector

Al Stark, The Nature of Things, 2017. Spray paint, acrylic on stretched linen, 81 x 106cm. Courtesy of The Artist and MARS Gallery, Melbourne.

Currently based in Melbourne, Al Stark maintains a comprehensive studio and commission based arts practice that incorporates a diverse range of mediums including drawing, painting, installation, printmaking and sculpture. After extensive period of large-scale wall painting commissions ‘The Nature of Things’ is a continuum of the painting process, refined and brought into a gallery context. This series of work continues an investigation into colour and form through the contemplation of the metaphysical human experience and it’s tentative relationship to a declining natural environment. How do scenes of giant ice slides caused by environmental degradation manifest in our collective dreams? What do the demands and trajectories of our everyday lives, lived within the shadows of ecocide feel like? These works attempt some kind of reckoning through meditative visual narratives that entice contemplation through the dualities of beauty and anxiety, the hyper and benign. They seek to find our spiritual relationship to a disappearing natural world. A world increasingly recalled through memory and anxiety filtered nostalgia. This work aims foremost to inspire a sense of wonder and beauty, followed by a continued dialogue on our collective spirit. It exists in service to nature both internal and to the natural environment that sustains us.

Exhibition Opens: 6pm-8pm, Friday 15 December 2017
Exhibition Closes: 19 December 2017
Location: MARS Gallery, 7 James St, Windsor, VIC 3181
Contact: +61 3 9521 7517
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