Sydney Ball: Infinex III - Art Collector

Courtesy: the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf.

At an unstoppable 81 years of age, iconic Australian artist Sydney Ball continues to push the limits of contemporary Australian art. Ball’s upcoming exhibition, Infinex III is a continuum of the Infinex series which began in 2010. This series of hard-edge paintings refer to the artists modular works of the 1960s, which he started tocreate after his first stint at the New York School. In Infinex III the artist has, for the first time, created works that can be displayed outdoors, constructed of powder coated aluminium (car metal) – a simple twist of technique that marks a complex new angle in Ball’s ever-expanding practice.

The Infinex paintings are multifarious, space defining colour structures, constructed without boundaries. According to the artist, they should be looked at as pure painting with a sensory immediacy and relevance; removing all artifice and without reference to ‘illusion, drawing, collage, cubism and narrative.’ The interplay of geometric shapes and saturated colours presented in this series has become an iconic aspect of Ball’s oeuvre as the artist continually contributes to the historical genre of Colour Abstraction. For Ball, the clarification and articulation of the idea is achieved through the physical reality of material and can be defined as architectural geometry in space.

Definitively a colourist, Ball is a pioneer of Australian Abstraction whose incredible 50-year career has had a formidable impact on Australian art. His outstanding oeuvre is expansive and diverse with each series marked by a monumental and dynamic change. All, however, share the prerogative to investigate the endless possibilities of colour and form; from the lyrical abstraction that defines his Stain paintings to the architectonic coloured forms of his famed Modular works.

Exhibition opens: 3pm-5pm Saturday 29 November 2014
Exhibition closes: 20 December 2014
Location: Sullivan+Strumpf, 799 Elizabeth Street, Zetland NSW 2017
Contact: 02 9698 4696

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