Peter Atkins: Silence - Art Collector

Peter Atkins, Cleo Laine and James Galway, 2014. Enamel on canvas, 61 x 61cm. Courtesy: the artist and GAGPROJECTS/Greenaway Art Gallery, Kent Town

Erasure, a visual affiliate of silence, has long been a preoccupation for Peter Atkins. The starting point for his work is an encounter with an object which he then alters by removing extraneous text and visual details. It is a form of deconstruction, where the final object reveals what the artist describes as the “essential abstract elements”. The exhibition is based on a series of record covers, united by subtle but distinctive graphic devices. The isolated forms are mostly lines; their original purpose was to frame, underline or divide the names of headline acts. Through a merciless process of blocking, Atkins has reworked the original albums, highlighting these idiosyncratic linear forms. The collages are cut and pasted with black cardboard taken from other record covers so that the final image is a luscious patchwork of blacks. These deconstructions reveal startlingly new minimal compositions.
(Jane O’Neill, Silence, 2014, extract)


Exhibition opens: 6pm Wednesday 28 May 2014
Exhibition closes: 22 June 2014
Location: GAGPROJECTS/Greenaway Art Gallery, 39 Rundle Street, Kent Town SA 5067 (enter from side lane way)

Contact: 08 8362 6354
Email: gag@greenaway.com.au


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