2021, Eye of the Storm, marble, varnish, ink, oil and synthetic polymer paint on linen, steel frame, 150cm x 110cm x 3cm. Image by Guy Grabowsky.
Kingston Arts Grant recipient, Sean McDowell, presents In the day I dream of faraway places, an exhibition of new artworks continuing the artists ongoing experimentation with materials and fabrication processes. The exhibition has been informed by a range of disciplines spanning from planetary sciences, including astronomy and geology - to psychology, art history and museology.
In the day I dream of faraway places merges painting, sculpture and installation to construct environments informed by otherworldly atmospheres and ecologies. Located between representation and abstraction - observation and the imagination, the work represents portals to imagined landscapes that are communicated through a range of energetic gestures and cryptic symbols.
Each painting contains its own fictional narrative intertwined with personal memories of place - considering natural elements such as the sky, water, wind and fire combined with scientific iconography that references the cosmos. Examining the effects of colour and form on emotionality and experience, In the day I dream of faraway places reflects psychological states that shift and fluctuate throughout the exhibition – as atoms, gasses, constellations, and extra-terrestrial forces slowly reveal themselves across the pictorial field.
Sean McDowell is an early-career artist whose practice investigates a broad network of his interests including display, psychology, archaeology and museology, as well as both personal and art historical narratives. In 2020, he completed his Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours) at The Victorian College of the Arts. Selected solo exhibitions include The Staging of Actions Past, St Francis, Presented by Kleinerfelt and Blackartprojects, Selected Works, Rubicon ARI and Cuprum, Cuprum, Kings Artist Run. Sean has also been included in group exhibitions including Extended Gestures Extended, Five Walls Projects and has been shortlisted for prizes such as The Mary and Lou Senini Student Art Award, McLelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, the Footscray Tertiary Art Prize and the 2019 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Fellowship at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery. His work is held in private collections throughout Australia, Germany and The Netherlands.
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