Ever since Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger created his paradoxical thought experiment starring a fictional cat in an imaginary box, scientists have been forced to admit that the mere act of conducting and observing an experiment influences the outcome. As an artist, Serisier is aware of this. “There is no doubt that my process is riddled with subjective decision- making,” he says. “I want to reduce subjectivity but I can never take it out. But when it comes about,
I can identify it more readily. I am more aware.” By following his rigorous, self-imposed selection process, Serisier avoids the easy path of, as he puts it, going straight to his “happy place” by simply painting his own favourite colours. “I think the ideal position for an artist is to be able to avoid convention, at the same time as being able to avoid your own conventions,” he explains. And what he is also doing is adding a narrative depth to his resolutely non-representational work.
The title, Gallium Sky, provides a clue to the story behind his current work; gallium is a key ingredient in LED lights. However, even if you don’t know the background, David Serisier’s paintings can still be appreciated as beautifully rendered, intense fields of colour. But, as he says, “the contextual chain is there, no matter how slight, and it conjures up something else.”
David Serisier’s next exhibition Gallium Sky is at Liverpool Street Gallery in Sydney from 2 August until 4 September 2014.