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Rate of Change - Exhibition at COMA

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by Jody Kimber (subscribe)
Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
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Rate of Change, Coma Gallery, Gradient,
Rotations 1 to 12 (2016) Sean Meilak

"The.rate at which change occurs is an ubiquitous measurement - one that is felt. Change ... is our very understanding of time. "

"Rate of Change is a survey of Australian Artists whose practices employ the gradient. The gradient is defined as a rate of change."

Gradient is the topic, the process, the contextualisation of human perception of space and time. Nancy Constandelia discussed this aspect of her work. How the gradient allows time in one moment to be seen as distinct from any other moment. It is the gradient of each one of 22 monochrome images blending black and white to achieve the tonal spectrums. Thus using the gradient to encapsulate the variation in time, space, individuality and the unique conceptualisation of each panel. Each representing the moment that that artwork was created, yet also the continuum of the whole.

Will Cooke Back in 2 halves. (2018)

I was pleasantly surprised to find Coma Gallery, an amazing art space in Bayswater Road on the outer edge of the Kings Cross party district.

Coma Gallery is an awesome surprise. People gathered in conversation, the room filled with an array of opinions and artwork. People who were there to experience something a little beyond the Kings Cross nightclub noise. This was what a night out should be. Something pleasant, possibly something that creates a change in your perception of the world or helps you grow somehow.

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Spectral Variations 8 (2015) Matthew Allen.

At first, I thought I was somehow entering a postmodern 70s scene. People in jeans with serious art faces on. I asked if anyone understood the work. I got a range of answers from no, we are just friends of the artist to full on interpretations of works as only a fellow artist can give of another's work. An explanation of the craft, of the process. How it all matters so much.

And it did. I began to understand how much the works meant, not just aesthetically, but professionally. Is it the process of creating the work, the craftsmanship that matters or is it the image created that matters? Oliver Wagners Material Flow (White Cube) 2018 embodies the process of creation.

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Spetoral Variations 3(2015) Matthew Allen

Each artist used the gradient from a different perspective. Exploring a different concept of the contemporary moment through the gradient. Matthew Allens Spectoral Variations 3 and 8 is a process of paint and resin layers on the artwork surface "allowing each to successively transform the previously applied coat. The process is not only one of painting but also measuring change."

The Coming in Waves Sculpture by Jonny Niesche is a contemporary sculptural piece that is aesthetically pleasing. It is an "undulating aluminium sculpture." The colour of the surface changes with the light and it may be seen as expressing the gradient as a wave. Being both "static" in its presence in the gallery, yet "dynamic".

Rate of Change is exhibited until September 8th 2018 at Coma Gallery. Enjoy the art. It is not always there just to fill a space. Art is part of understanding the world we live in and how we interact and what it is about this time and space that creates our realities. Enjoy the experience of local artists with their perceptions of the contemporary rate of change through the concept of the gradient.

Artists included are Matthew Allen, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Nancy Constandelia, Will Cooke, Danica Furolovic. Adrian Hobbs, Daniel Hollier, Sean Meilak, Jonny Niesche and Oliver Wagner.
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When: August 10th to Sept 8th 2018
Phone: 61 2 8316 3592
Where: Coma Gallery, 137 Bayswater Road Darlinghurst
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