For those of you in Sydney...

Posted by Andrew on the 3rd of May, 2012

Mitch Cairns
Bass Principles

at Breenspace
Dates: 10 May - 2 June 2012

Bass Principles, Cairns' third solo show with BREENSPACE, is the result of an extended life sculpting course - Figure Study 1 - at the Tom Bass Studio Sculpture School. Cairns has translated the core principles of observation and technique from the course for the purposes of entertaining the picture plane. Cairns employs modernist tropes of simplification, repetition, interior structure and the exposure of the support or armature to produce a refined series of paintings that both revere and critique the principles Bass espouses. Cairns also looks sideways to other second tier Australian modernists, Eric Thake and George Molnar, whose comical take on both class and culture in Australia has also been an ongoing concern in Cairns' work. As an addendum to the major paintings in the show, Cairns presents a series of drawings and works on paper that extend his vocabulary of picture making into cartooning as a telling, occasionally tragic, but succinct expression of meaning.

Level 3, 17-19 Alberta Street
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
61 2 9283 1113

Wednesday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 - 5:00 p.m

Mitch Cairns, 'One half of a woman's waistline repeated (study II)', 2011, oil on linen