Fiona Halse's series of paintings and collages explore Matisse's statement that 'Black is a force' (Flam, J, 1978 p. 106). Halse uses enamel black paint to create structural tensions and collision of forms, but black is also used in a similar manner to Matisse to 'simplify the construction' (Flam, J, 1978). Halse's work seeks to convey a personal space that is metaphorically associated with the human figure. Her forms seek to capture the visceral and her abstract works connect to an essence that is not described but sensed. Projection of self is generalised and reduced through expressive abstract forms. Halse's use of black does not seek to convey bleakness - darkness can be nuanced and can be associated with infinity, assertiveness, resilience and ambiguous void.
Reference: Flam, J, 1978, Matisse On Art, E. P. Button New York, USA
A combination of old and new works comprise Melbourne-based artist Jason Haufe's first exhibition in Adelaide. Haufe's series of paintings from 2005-06 and collages from 2018 present work with enough difference to create tension, yet enough similarity to create unity. A concern with pictorial structure and composition is evident, but the unifying link is the line of development. From the discipline and rigour in composing the large paintings, comes the foundation for which risks and experiments can take place in the collages. A traditional concept, beginning with traditional oil on canvas, and resulting in the non traditional use of digital and machine processes of collages made with photocopies.