Once again this year, we are pleased to feature a series of intimate new works by contemporary artist Austin Camilleri currently on display for the final 2011 exhibition of Art..e Gallery in Victoria, Gozo.
Returning to exhibit in Gozo after a five year absence, camilleri presents a series of new works on paper, a first in Gozo for him. These new mixed media interventions are immediately recognisable as belonging to Camilleri’s output of the past two years. They were produced simultaneously to the large paintings presented last year at Malta Contemporary Art Foundation, either as thoughts to be developed or as a distilled overflow of finished works. Although the research and processes involved are akin to those of his large canvases, a striking sense of urgency and immediacy not evident in the larger equivalent works is now palpable.
The exhibition opened its doors on Sunday, December 11 with a set of intimate works that are often composed in layers of opposing elements where ‘pentimenti’ are deliberately emphasized. Camilleri makes use of, often at once, charcoal, non-newtonian inks, dry pigments, acrylic, pencils, pens, pastels and bitumen to produce works that feed on contemporary society. Set on drawing as the vehicle for expressing acute observations, Camilleri’s commentary shifts from social criticism to sharp humor; an absurd spectacle of politics and art floating as one in a limbo of rough splashes and symmetry where abstract and figurative coexist in aesthetic harmony.
Just like the Rorschach blots they sometimes feature, the works do not present a single, specific reading. Camilleri’s primary concern is to explore and often to question the blurring of supposed oppositions.
The exhibition is open until January 6, 2012.