Primitive responses to contemporary issues
Some familiar themes with new technical approaches feature in the latest exhibition at Lismore's Armistead Gallery by Clunes artist Steven Giese. Themes of deep ecology and current affairs feature in this body of work as do a series of innovative circular paintings.
This is Giese's second solo exhibition at Armistead's Gallery and it is a significant evolution for this well known local artist and teacher.
Giese's new works deal with important social issues. Some are specific to our time such as the global economic crisis and war, while others refer to our increasingly urgent relationship with natural systems and everyday issues such as the importance of good parenting.
Steven Giese chose the circular format for his art to express sympathy for nature. While squares and rectangles rarely exist in the non-human world, circles appear to us daily in the sky in the form of the sun and the moon.
Although the subjects of the paintings may be serious, the images are brightly coloured and well delivered using traditional painting technique. While being very contemporary, the style of the work looks back through art history. Many of the round paintings refer to the visual language of Egyptian hieroglyphics and even art from the late Stone Age. The exhibition is currently open and runs until September 30.