Matt Arbuckle is a painter who takes photographs. Photos are nowhere to be seen in his heavy brush strokes and lashes of colour, but they are at the core of the work. Shooting an interesting shape, line, shopfront or window each day with his grandfather’s old Voigtländer camera, the photographs are pinned up in his studio and deconstructed into grids and frames, strong gestures and layered perspectives.
Arbuckle works within painting and installation and completed Honors in Visual Communication, Major in Painting at Unitec Auckland, NZ. He has exhibited widely in New Zealand, Germany, the UK and Australia, including shows at Tristian Koenig Gallery (Melbourne), Tim Melville Gallery (Auckland), Baustelle Gallery (Berlin) and Holborn Space (London).
All that effort and desire: Kate Power
In all that effort and desire Kate Power considers unspoken subtle moments in human interactions, focusing on seemingly insignificant everyday exchanges between people. Noticing them can give more insight into other people and human connections than the continual and sometimes operatic chatter that often occurs in social situations. Observing that people are often performing identity in order to fit with societal structures, her forms suggest an inflated performance, self-aggrandisement, unconscious desires, and the humour of attempting to relate to others.
Kate Power is sculpture and installation artist based in Adelaide. She recently graduated with first class Honours from the South Australian School of Art. She has been awarded the Constance Gordon-Johnson Sculpture and Installation Prize. Power has exhibited at FELTspace (SA); Light Square Gallery (SA); Tooth and Nail (SA); Format (SA); Sydney Contemporary Art fair (NSW); and Seedling Art Space (SA). She is a co-Director at FELTspace and co-founder of Axe House Studios.