FYI – Tim Bučković exhibition on now in Naarm/Melbourne


FUTURES have an exhibition of new works by Tim Bučković, entitled; as, via, sets of gathering, the exhibition is on now and runs until 25 June.

The exhibition consits of mesmeric oil on linen paintings populated with dissolving figures engaged in bizarre rituals within a landscape that oscillates between flatness and depth. In these works, time, and painting’s history fold into the pictorial plane itself.

Tim’s practice pushes historical painting values through a sieve and reconstitutes those disparate parts into a pixel-like language that is distinctly its own. Informed by modernist and avant-garde practices; and the semiotic qualities of Yugoslavian and Eastern European monuments, graphics and animation, his dynamic compositions consist of unspecified rituals, fractured space, and architectonic planes. These works are laced with tension in a time/space, which is simultaneously neo-utopian, ominous, sci-fi and mystical – qualities found in alternative histories.

Tiny licks of paint are arranged in a loose and grid-like pattern, renewing pointillism in an oblique yet assured manner. The technique of creating a painting using the same sized brush has been said to be an unconscionable faux pas, but here the effect could easily be read as a kind of clever patterning or even a tapestry. The artist manages yet another trick with panache by building an impasto akin to brail creating a sculptural-like surface.

These works reward close study, but have a beacon-like presence from afar – a macro/micro magic trick. Tim’s ability to scramble space leaves the eye intoxicated and the viewer struggling to decipher the contents of these works embedded with both movement and stasis.

Tim Bučković (b. 1989) currently lives and works in Naarm/Melbourne. He has studied painting at Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts, and in the master class of Professor Katherina Grosse at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Working in painting and drawing, Tim Bučković examines the relationship images have to content associated with histories of art, creating forms which build on differing potencies of structures, modernism(s), and methods. His paintings are dialectical; they hold a plethora of opposites that rhyme with psychological potency – both abstract and figurative, specific yet universal, cubist and quasi digital.

FUTURES is a new commercial project space in Naarm/Melbourne. The space –  which arose amidst pandemic – was conceived by Steven Stewart and Zara Sigglekow, with the express purpose of exposing important work of contemporary artists in the city. The gallery occupies a sinuous but workable 55 m2 exhibition in uptown Collingwood. FUTURES will debut at the Aotearoa Art Fair later this year, with a presentation of Bučković’s works. FUTURES will join five other young galleries and artist-run initiatives, upstairs at The Cloud, in He Iti.

Images: (above) Tim Bučković, sight, 2022. Oil on linen, 91.5 x 183 cm. (Left) sequence, 2022. Oil on linen, 38.5 x 41 cm. (Right) evasions, 2022. Oil on linen, 150 x 190 cm. Images all courtesy of the artist and FUTURES.

Meet the Gallery, Central Art Gallery

Debuting at the 2022 Art Fair is  The Central Art Gallery , which opened in the Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora in Ōtautahi Christchurch, five years ago.

We are looking forward to welcoming The Central Art Gallery to the Aotearoa Art Fair in November, with an exhibition of works by Lonnie Hutchinson and Simon Edwards.

Simon Edwards’ works, (whether collages, landscapes, charcoal drawings or earlier paintings of cloud formations) all extend beyond the representational, regionalist and realist genres and instead become studies of the sublime and the mythological – places which we seem to know so well, yet can’t quite identify or lay claim to. They are at once familiar yet mystical, somewhat like the New Zealand landscape itself.

“The work places itself somewhere between a modernistic reliance of the essential qualities (of the materials and the methods of painting) and an awareness of the traditional forms of the landscape…the work becomes a result of what is happening on the surface at the time and building on chance effects that present themselves, contributing to a sense of space distance and movement.” ²

Situated within the Christchurch heritage site, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora , The Central Art Gallery extends a long-established relationship between creative communities and this space. The Central occupies the Old Library Building, formerly part of Canterbury College’s School of Art (now Ilam School of Fine Arts) where artists such as Rita Angus, Dame Ngaio Marsh and Jacqueline Fahey attended university.

Lonnie Hutchinson (Ngāi Tahu, Samoan) is an artist whose didactic practice has explored themes of whakapapa, ancestral knowledge, and the ways in which they inform contemporary issues. In this way Hutchinson’s work informs the present moment without being bound by limitations of linear time interpretation. The artist has commented on her practice saying;

“Intrinsic to each series within my art practice, I honour tribal whakapapa or genealogy. In doing so, I move more freely between the genealogy of past, present and future to produce works that are linked to memories of recent and ancient past, that are tangible and intangible…I make works that talk about those spaces in-between, those spiritual spaces.” ¹

¹. Black Bird: Lonnie Hutchinson 1997 – 2013, The Dowse Art Museum. 2015
². Simon Edwards, The Central Art Gallery.

Images: Installation view, Celebrating 5 Years. Lonnie Hutchinson, After Hibiscus Cave: Markings from the Ancestors, 2022. Powder-coated aluminium. Dimensions variable.Simon Edwards, Kekerengu Dreamtime #7, 2022. Oil on ACM panel, 660 x 740mm. Images courtesy of the artists and The Central Art Gallery.

FYI – Gretchen Albrecht ‘Eight Hours’ on now until 28 May 2022

FYI – Eight Hours is a new exhibition of important paintings, made between 2019-2021, by  Gretchen Albrecht showing now at Two Rooms Gallery. In an accompanying essay, Catharina van Bohemen describes this series of paintings:

“The eight majestic hemispheres of Gretchen Albrecht’s Eight Hours are her response to one of the oldest sequences of praise in the Christian tradition – the eight canonical hours of the Divine Office which have been sung throughout the day and night in monasteries since the ninth century.  Albrecht has taken the name of each hour – Vigils, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline – and painted an antiphonal response to each. St Augustine called The Hours, ‘the now that does not pass away,’ and to see Albrecht’s Eight Hours calling and responding to one another is to experience something of Augustine’s perpetual present.”

Gretchen Albrecht (b. Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand) has shown regularly at the Aotearoa Art Fair and will be showing new works in the 2022 Fair this November, with Two Rooms.  Albrecht is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s preeminent abstract painters. Her paintings combine formal, historical and ephemeral qualities, with her sensuous colour palette and stained canvas’s acting as a generous counterpoint for rhythmic patterns of gestural movement, form and scale.


To read the full essay by Catharina van Bohemen click here.

Images: Gretchen Albrecht, TERCE (the little hour), 2020, acrylic and oil on canvas, 1250 x 2500 mm. SEXT (noon), 2021, acrylic and oil on canvas, 1250 x 2500 mm. NONE (shadows begin to lengthen), 2021, acrylic and oil on canvas, 1250 x 2500 mm. VESPERS (lighting of the lamps), 2021, acrylic and oil on canvas, 1250 x 2500 mm. Images courtesy of the artist and Two Rooms Gallery.


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