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Reflections by Ian Clover - SALA Exhibition

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The South Australia Living Arts Festival has kicked into gear since the start of August and runs till the end of the month. There are a number of events, exhibitions, and art-appreciating pitstops that are located throughout Adelaide and its surrounding suburbs.

Set up in 1998, the aim of SALA is to provide emerging artists with the opportunity to set up a base, where they can design, display, and demonstrate their artistic abilities to the public. Celebrating the theme of visual art, SALA aims to provide new and continuing artists to have their talents recognized and appreciated by their audience.

One such artist in focus is Ian Clover. Although Ian has been painting for many years, he classifies himself as an emerging artist. He recently undertook a pathway studying Visual Arts at the South Australian School of Art via the University of South Australia.

The artist in focus - Ian Clover (photograph by Lee Lam)

As part of the opening night of the launch of his artwork at Jorrell Face Hair Body in City Cross, I was honoured to have met Ian and had a lovely chat with him regarding how he builds his artwork to look like simplistic yet colourfully symmetrical masterpieces.

Artwork displayed at Jorrell Hair Face Body

At his opening speech, Ian explained that he incorporated the use of three simple yet fundamental ingredients to make his art what it is:
1. A series of photos of the streetscape along North Terrace
2. Incorporation of principles from I Ching (The Chinese Book of Changes)
3. The geometric pattern called Penrose Tiling

While art is meant to be left open to interpretation, it was beneficial to have Ian explain on a 1-on-1 basis about how one of his works incorporates these three layers, by breaking it down and piecing it back together through the visual effects in the artwork.

Ian's artwork bringing a pop of color into the salon

While Ian's artwork may present a set number of colours, they tend to complement each other and allow to bring to the salon a vibrant pop of colour. There are also pieces ranging from different years, so it will be interesting to see if you can pinpoint the shift in style within the pieces.

More artwork from 2015

Running till the end of August at Jorrells Face Hair Body, Ian's artwork will be displayed for customers and visitors alike to see, interpret, and appreciate. So make sure you don't miss out on this fine opportunity to let your mind go to places unbeknown to it prior!
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Why? Because abstract art lets your mind go to unusual places to explore what's within
When: Till August 31st
Where: City Cross, Adelaide
Cost: Free
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