John Young, Fairweather Transformation XIII, 2019. Oil on Belgian linen, 106 x 76cm. Courtesy: the artist and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne.
Highly regarded in Australia and internationally for his commitment to intellectual rigor and aesthetic finesse, in Silent Transformations John Young explores the sublime inherent in metamorphosis in a series of new paintings. These meticulously painted abstract and representational canvases are meditations on the process of transformation.
The exhibition is presented in three thematic groups: The Fairweather Transformations take inspiration from artist Ian Fairweather, tracing the transfiguration of this nomadic artist’s work; Shiva mourns the forms lost within transformation; and finally, The Mute Palace shows that not all transcultural and hybridised forms will be permitted witness. Like the caterpillar changing into a moth, these paintings are evidence of silent transformation, of that which is unsayable, barely discernible; those gaps between civilisation that abound and enrich our world.
Join the gallery for an afternoon with the artist from 1 to 3pm Saturday 10 August 2019.