Steven Asquith – Storm Concepts

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT , Solo exhibitions include New Paintings, Don’t Come, Melbourne, 2009; Steven Asquith, The Ship Gallery, London, 2005; and Experiencing Technical Difficulties, RMIT First Site Gallery, Melbourne, 1999. Selected group exhibitions include Cut ‘N’ Paste, Peleton, Sydney, 2007; Pretty Little Things, The Ship Gallery, London, 2003; First Site, Sahara, 1998.
In addition to his exhibitions, Asquith was the recipient of an Australia Council Exchange to New York in 2000, allowing him to relocate to New York where he commenced work with Gagosian Gallery for a period of time before moving to their London Gallery. During his time in London Asquith also established The Ship Gallery, an artist-run space with Dick Evans in 2003, returning to Australia in 2007, Aquith is now one of the Founding Directors of Block Projects, Melbourne.

Storm Concepts presents a new series of works on paper from Asquith that explore spray paint as an act of rebellion. Juxtaposed with the painterly and delicate nature of his mark making, traditional images of the landscape are hybridised with contemporary and industrial materials. Clouds, rain and lightning bolts burst from storm machines with environmental messages that are at once optimistic and apocalyptic. Drawing on and subverting the symbolism embedded in Western traditions of landscape painting Asquith attempts to collapse conventional aesthetic foundations and investigate the duality that exists between nature and the human condition, commenting on the manner in which humans colonise the earth and its atmosphere.

OPENING THURSDAY 5 AUGUST 6 – 8PM
EXHIBITION FRIDAY 6 AUGUST UNTIL SAT 28 AUGUST 2010
AT UTOPIAN SLUMPS
GROUND FLOOR, 33 GUILDFORD LANE MELBOURNE

HOURS: WED – SAT 12 – 6PM
OTHER TIMES BY APPOINTMENT: +61 3 9077 9918
WWW.UTOPIANSLUMPS.COM

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