Gow Langsford Gallery
April 13 – May 7 2005
This exhibition by Reuben Paterson marks a new direction in his ongoing exploration of patterning and materials. The series of predominately large-scale, black and white, kaleidoscope paintings makes for an optical and opulent viewing experience.
As part of the Art and Industry Biennial 2004, Paterson conceived a work for Riccarton House, which transformed its forecourt into a swirling and psychedelic environment. It was this installation which has spurred the works of Paterson’s Narcissus exhibition.
Drawing from a range of 1960’s ‘op’ designs, reminiscent of work by the likes of Bridget Riley, these patterns have been further treated with a kaleidoscopic process. The resulting imagery either appears as the complete kaleidoscopic pattern, or is fragmented with areas of solid white or black, creating a shattering effect. Known for his seductive use of glitter, diamond dust has also now been incorporated in Paterson’s oeuvre – a material also favoured by pop artist Andy Warhol.