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Bill Thompson and Julia Davis    Oct 2 - Nov 17, 2010

Bill Thompson and Julia Davis
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BILL THOMPSON [USA]
Colourform(s)

2 October – 17 November 2010

Bill Thompson, born in 1957, lives and works in Boston. Bill Thompson creates finely worked sculptures from polyurethane blocks, covered in shiny metallic lacquers, resulting in sensual, luxurious forms, referred to as “species”. He is a master at creating lush reflective surfaces achieved by applying many layers of specially mixed paints, his palette ranging from subtle soft tones, to bold saturated violet reds, deep blues, bright yellows and acid greens. For Thompson, colour always plays a supreme role, referring to himself, not only as a sculpture but as a painter.

In preparation for Colourform(s), his first Australian solo exhibition at the Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Bill Thompson has approached each individual block of substrate with the intention of carving a new and unique form. Each piece aiming to have an implied identity in the natural world, but one that was not overly derivative.

For Thompson, invention is always an intuitive process, not requiring excessive intellectual wrangling, and not dependent on a timely political concept. He develops new shapes that function primarily as compelling forms. “To this day, I still prefer to operate outside of the system, and the ‘street’ element in my pursuit is evidenced by a focus on creating objects that can comfortably exist beyond the art world.” Bill Thompson, 2010

Bill Thompson’s ‘species’ are a result of conscious and conscientious creativity, bringing the surrounding viewpoints and the environment into a collaboration with the surface as interactive artforms. They originate from a history of multiple aspects of his previous work and exploration, each representing a new breakthrough in his approach. Colourform(s) is a result of Thompson’s developed experience and pursuit to engage with ‘street culture’, and the pursuit of the new in each species created.

Bill Thompson’s work has been exhibited worldwide, with galleries throughout the United States, Europe, Korea and Hong Kong. Colourform(s) is Bill’s first solo exhibition in Australia.

For further information and images of work in the show please contact info@connydietzscholdgallery.com

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JULIA DAVIS [AUS]

2 October – 17 November 2010

Sydney based artist Julia Davis explores a wide range of processes and context within her work, investigating notions of the spatial and relational between objects and their contexts. Her questions revolve around how these perceptions underpin our sense of self and place. Within this context, she examines the concept that landscape is cultural space. Whilst previously exhibiting works with the Conny Dietzschold Gallery, this is Julia’s first solo show at the gallery, Danks Street.

Julia Davis’ site-specific work investigates the associative properties of objects, places and spaces through spatial, public and temporal intervention. Her exhibited recent work explores the viewer's experiential reading of space as well as ideas of temporality and duration. During the past ten years, her work has been installed in salt lakes, deserts, coastal precincts and parklands as well as within galleries and the built environment.

Davis has previously used a wide range of materials and processes. In this exhibition, reflective glass spheroidal forms respond to the actions within the space, as well as the quality of light in the room. The captured imagery is projected onto the walls of the gallery, encompassing the surrounding space.

Julia Davis completed a Master of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts in 2006. She has since presented solo shows at the Tin Sheds gallery, Peloton, and was the winner of the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture prize in 2007. In 2009 she installed a large public art work at the head quarters of ‘Sydney Water’ in Parramatta. She is currently working on a Public Art Commission for Marrickville Council and has a residency at Fraser Studios in Sydney. Recent group exhibitions include Levelled Ground, (IASKA residency WA ), Albion Place, Art and About, Sydney; Monolithic, Peloton Gallery; Woollahra Sculpture Prize (special commendation); Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award 2006; polyformalism, the Project Room, Danks St Sydney 2006; Unclaimed Luggage Circulaire, Bellas Arts, Madrid 2005. Her work is now in private and public collections in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

The work exhibited at the Conny Dietzschold Gallery has been assisted by the Australia Council under a ‘new works’ grant (Established Artist).

For further information and images of work in the show please contact info@connydietzscholdgallery.com

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