Meticulously crafted and elegantly designed, Transit is an evolution of MacEwan’s perpetual desire to activate the viewer’s imagination and create new potentialities within his work. Like an alchemist, MacEwan investigates the effects of time on various mediums including 23kt gold and Dutch gold, the latter of which will slowly oxidise whilst the other will remain unchanged. This subtle transformation within MacEwan’s work can only be observed over a long period time, but each work is viewed with the knowledge that it will change, and that each viewing is a unique state of the object, particular to that moment.
Working with repetitions and doublings that challenge the relationships between the physical world and its reflections, Transit is a series of works exploring cyclical events and subtle shifts occurring over time.
Opening at Anna Pappas Gallery this October, MacEwan’s recent explorations concern the subjectivity of observation, demonstrating how what we don’t see may alter our perception, confuse our expectations and introduce us to the ambiguous power within the shadows.
MacEwan’s alluring water colours on paper will offer a delicate meditation on slowness and space, whilst his mechanical investigations will transform the gallery into the site of a slow moving, intimate eclipse of light and shadow. Just as each work contains the imperfect reflection of the landscape above in the water below, the paintings are the double of each other, but with each mirroring comes a change; each moment of repetition is also an act of differentiation.
Simon MacEwan (b. 1974) is a multidisciplinary artist, whose diverse practice operates as a constant state of exploration. With works spanning from drawing to animation, to sculpture and jewellery, the artist has described his practice as “a tree, where new areas of skill are explored, but the main trunk is always the art-making.” MacEwan’s elegant works often engage in materialising new potentialities across various media and is represented in the Artbank collection, Sydney; the Banyule City Council Art Collection, Melbourne; Ipswich Art Gallery, Brisbane and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; alongside private collections worldwide. MacEwan is exclusively represented by Anna Pappas Gallery since 2008.
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