THE VALLEY & TABLEAUX
11th - 23rd October 2016
Paintings of the Capertee Valley from the air and small bronze sculptures of psychological associations and anomalies.
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It is with much pleasure that we have the privilege to exhibit these recent paintings and sculptures by Peter Day. Significantly known for his large public installations, these smaller works exemplify the wide range of ideas and understanding of execution that he has applied to his lengthy established professional practice.
PETER DAY is often doing two things at the same time; large scale public art and smaller scale private art. He explains that: .,Doing both suits me well, I get socialization in the public realm and seclusion in the studio." Day has spent most of the last couple of years concentrating on public work with all the concomitant
The public art is usually large, communal and robust while the private is personal, self-contained, small and intimate. Although Day creates in both public and private realms the core of his work remains centred around the planet and its natural environment. His practice expresses his time spent creating images that promote
A Christmas present of a helicopter flight over the Capertee Valley opened Peter Days eyes to the "John Olsen" way of seeing, looking down and across. A shift in perspective was liberating and it fitted with his penchant to abstract. Day combines the painting experience with computerized designed abstraction.
His paintings are a celebration of real places created with digital assistance and a painstaking manipulation in the selection/design/composition process. In painting the landscape he uses the process as a vehicle for meditating and pondering on the human condition. Painting is a means of being with his concerns and
Day's sculptures depict real things in mostly unreal situations. The earlier pieces are more like actual scenarios, being very influenced by the Greetings series of his works made for Stocklands Shopping Mall at Merrylands.
These convey more personal situations and rituals but the newer works are more outwardly focused
The usage of the casting of real objects with only small modifications is taking the idea of the 'ready made' one stage further, in transposing the media one is emphasizing the formal qualities of the object in many cases its use, and demanding it be seen as sculpture. This is also part of the process of Day's accepting the 'ready made' as a sculpture in its own right. The action of committing the not inconsiderable resources to the idea of the sculpture displays a strong personal belief in his intuitive creative process.
Both the paintings and sculpture of this new offering by Peter Day exhibit the qualities we have come to expect of this highly original artist i.e. technical expertise and innovation, visual invention, exceptional sense of colour and a combination of 2D and 3D images .... not to mention ... entertainment!