Reflector

The Shape of Words Invitation

The Shape of Words  brings together three artists working with text in a variety of ways. Twenty five years ago we met as students at the QUT Painting and Sculpture studios.  We were looking to refresh our ideas in a profession that’s always been isolating in its practice. It’ll be interesting to see just where we are in relation to each other when the work is hung, I’m sure there’ll be many levels of interaction in the show.

The work I’m presenting under the title Reflector: painting out of fashion, stems from fashion photographs and their presentation of the human figure as a formal and stylistic vehicle for clothing. Late last year I was thumbing through a Myer catalogue of fashion plates presenting a diverse quotation of styles as models for identification and consumption. I name them roughly as Tennesee Williams’ Deep South , John Steinbeck’s depression era , Artemesia Gentileschi’s Judith and Holofernes, Lara Croft Tomb Raider etc.  The craft in these fashion plates  combines copy-writing, photography and graphic layout, the  light and severe cropping are concise,often collaged into tableaux that build a relationship between image and consumer.  My last show  brought decorative surfaces as layered systems for scattering the figure, so I guess I now had an eye for the layering of meaning in these images.

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 The figures in these highly crafted photographs are held by the frame, in the better ones they’re also holding positions, tensed by spaces between figure and frame. I added lines to the figures to reinforce what I saw taking place in the compositions, as I originally drew them into the photographs I noticed  the lines often pointed to narrative elements deeper in the images.

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In the work for this show I’ve used a variety of supports ranging through steel, brass plate, burlap, linen and woven polyester. I admire fashion photography, its’ brave flatness, and I’ve given these images the slightly ruined look of a fantasy whose layers peel back to reveal the armature of a figurative construct. 

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About nameerdavis

I'm drawn to the crowd and the culture it foments.
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2 Responses to Reflector

  1. Kim Demuth says:

    Wow Nameer

    Particularly looking forward to experiencing the last two works from this blog – this is quite a shift for you? Either way, I’m really looking forward to this exhibition. Not sure if you’ve crossed to the dark side yet (Facebook), but if not, and as you would know, there’s a huge everyday audience out there stretching way beyond any other capabilities within our current digital landscape, awaiting and thirsty for this kind of well deserved material.

    See you at the opening – congrats in advance!

    Kim

    On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 9:03 AM, nameerdavis wrote:

    > nameerdavis posted: ” The Shape of Words brings together three artists > working with written text in a variety of ways. Twenty five years ago we > met as students at the QUT Painting and Sculpture studios. We were looking > to refresh our ideas in a profession that’s always bee” >

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