Christian Lock, ‘Fertiliser’, 2018. Epoxy resin pigment on aluminum, 210 x 130cm. Courtesy: the artist and GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide.

To describe Christian Lock as a painter does not quite encompass the nature of his practice. Lock works with painting, interrogating its component parts, examining their role and possibilities before pulling them back together in the final object. This impulse to push past the traditional limits of painting draws a lineage from Lock to the ideas of late 1960s ‘Light and Space’ art or ‘Californian Minimalism’. Referred to as the ‘Finish Fetish’ artists, they aligned their aesthetics with Californian car and Surf culture, appropriating new innovative industrial materials such as resins, plastics and auto enamels. Their reflective forms acknowledged light and space as part of the work and removed the boundaries between painting, sculpture and architecture. 

Lock’s recent work with resin, plastics and fiberglass begins to push these materials, testing their gestural qualities and their potential to break free from a two-dimensional plane. Their molded surfaces appear casual, even accidental, but time spent with them reveals their careful composition. Areas of deliberate molding steady liquid drips, smooth and glossy mechanical geometry counterpoints to liquid biomorphic form – a balance of experimentation and control. Critic Andrew Frost has noted that Lock refers to himself as a ‘remixer’, who ‘creates new from the old’. These works demonstrate this idea perfectly, full of nods to painting’s history whilst suggesting its potential future. But with the moment of their creation cured in resin, they also show an artist who is also willing to let his works live in the now. 

Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Wednesday 29 August 2018
Exhibition closes: 14 October 2018
Location: GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery, 39 Rundle Street, Kent Town SA
Phone: +61 8 8362 6354


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