Michael Gittings, Standing Cabinet, 2019. Stainless Steel, glass, edition of 3, 180 x 63 x 35cm. Courtesy: the artist and Gallery Sally Dan Cuthbert, Sydney.
Michael Gittings pursues material experimentation without being bound by context or theme. The forms of the pieces have been dictated by the discovery of the limits of the material that Gittings is working with. Each subsequent piece is an extension and evolution of the piece that precedes it. The result is a collection of works that are of the same genus and yet each is its own species.
The mirror-polished stainless steel that inspired this exhibition is warped and tested to its extent. It goes from being an instrument of honesty to a poser of questions. The reflection is broken up into unexpected discrete units. An atomisation occurs which ends up causing the observer to question themselves as well as the piece that they are viewing. This imbues these works of such pleasing aesthetic rigidness with an unexpected potential for vulnerability.
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Thursday 7 November 2019