Dailies – notes to myself – #001 – #112
Coaster / Coaster 2019 – Dailies – notes to myself – 001-112
“RSJ Barker and Paul Livingston tireless efforts (Barker calls his little squares,’Dailies” ) have paid off handsomely…..by the time the 6 o’clock buying swill was over, it seemed the only items left on the walls were red dots…….“
01 November 2019
Boat Smoke Bowl
(Mary Place Gallery – 23 November – 23 December 2019
It’s strange to consider the seemingly inconsequential things that make up our everyday lives. The moments we encounter, the views we see, the arrangement of objects in our kitchens, bedrooms and offices, even those brief interludes with family and friends that pass by as each new day fades into the past, all this is made up of discreet events and things that mark out the passage of time. In some ways social media records the minutiae of these kinds of encounters but they are denuded of context, and more importantly, of emotion. The works in Boat Smoke Bowl by RSJ Barker, Leonie Khoury and Dean Manning restore a sense of meaning to the passing and apparently insignificant.
Barker’s past works have been small-scale pieces that appear to have begun with figurative elements but ended up as dense, painterly abstracts. A sense of that older work is still apparent in this selection of newer pieces – the scale is still modest, and the surfaces are worked with the sure hand of an artist who has spent much energy on understanding texture and detail, but these new paintings also have a delightful element of figuration. They feature an intuitive combination of elements observed from his coastal home – ships, aircraft and birds – treated as equal elements in the painting, relative size observed with an impressionistic, personal perspective. They are works that abound with life, the vivid reality glanced out a window, or considered from a headland.
Dr Andrew Frost
Read the complete essay here.