A Long Line of Sand by Aida Tomescu reopens. The gallery is officially registered as COVID safe, and will be open to in-person visitors in accordance with NSW government check in and vaccination requirements. The exhibition will run until Saturday the 30th of October.
In these new works Tomescu has greatly increased the scale of her territory so that we can see her form and composition expand appropriately – across and into the field, one that refutes the pictorial in favour of a material and gestural inquiry that has greater volume and density, a new veracity and candour.
In many of the new works there are significant areas of the painting where the linen is only stained with colour, sometimes left raw. The spatial implications of this openness are expressive in itself, but the manner in which these areas might appear to be left to their own devices reminds us just how consequential each mark is. Much-like late Cezanne’s so-called “unfinished” paintings these decisions Tomescu makes about placement and completion signal purpose and resolution not indecision. The exposed linen ground in Cezanne or Titian reveal a more complex construction, one where the transitions required to establish form are necessarily more complex yet yield greater depth…
– Andrew Jensen
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