Parlour Projects is honoured to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Matt Arbuckle, on view from October 3 to 30, 2020. Featuring ten acrylic and oil stick paintings, each measuring 620 x 825mm, the exhibition features recent works by Arbuckle that continue his investigation into scale, format, composition, colour, mark-making and support within the realm of abstraction.
Recto-Verso, a solo exhibition by Arbuckle, will run concurrently at Hastings City Art Gallery from October 24, 2020, to January 24, 2021. The two exhibitions, which are in the same cultural precinct, encourage a strong dialogue between the gallery and institution. The collaborative project will culminate in a monumental 50-metre painting, which will be draped and stretched through Hastings City Art Gallery before rising up to the ceiling. While one exhibition demonstrates the artist’s astute handling of scale and materiality, the other reveals his profound interest in colour, composition and mark-making.
Arbuckle’s practice is a process-driven exploration of place, representing landscapes that are conceptualised through their very making. Through an experimental practice that favours process over outcome, Arbuckle employs elements of traditional Japanese shibori dying techniques to create abstract compositions by wrapping, twisting, folding and draping the fabric over found surfaces and structures. The resulting paintings use depth and movement to trace and reveal abstract memories, imprinting the experience of place into the artwork.
Matt Arbuckle lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. He graduated from Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2009. His work is held in the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and James Wallace Arts Trust. In 2017 he was the recipient of the James Wallace Art fellowship to Vermont Studio Centre, USA.