abstract expressionism | 24 august – 4 september 2011

by Colin Topp and Rachel Buse

We are very excited to present a new exhibition by painter Colin Topp, and sculptor Rachel Buse. Abstract Expressionism opens on Wednesday 24 August and will run until Sunday 4 September 2011. If you are able, please join us on Thursday 25 August from 6.30pm to celebrate the opening.

Colin Topp builds up an image / shape / colour in his mind, and then releases it onto the canvas in an outpouring of energy and emotion. The colours are overlayed and interwoven to produce a canopy that depicts the raw Australian land. The final outcome is not always what was originally conceived but it is a subconscious expression of his thoughts and feelings and how he sees the image in his mind. The process will be repeated until the final image reveals itself. Colin’s art is full of emotion, energy and expression. He sees it as a journey through and around the canvas. When you look at the finished painting you see things below the surface that appear to be suspended and are not apparent at the first look. This is part of the joy of discovery. Colin encourages people to lay their hands on the canvas  to feel the texture of the surface, which only adds to the experience.

Examples of Colin’s work can be found by clicking here with many more paintings in the gallery.

Rachel Buse’s sculpture explores the purpose of humanity, using a familiar language of the forms of ceramic pottery. Her concept stems from her personal image of God as a potter creating humanity,  each for their own function in his creation. Every part of a vessel works together to function for a purpose. When one part becomes more important than another, the vessel can’t function. If we fight against what we are made to be, we mutate ourselves from the original design. Rachel invites the viewer to contemplate themselves in the works, and their own function in the world.

Examples of Rachel’s work can be found by clicking here with many more sculptures in the gallery.

Venue: one hundredth gallery

Address: 49 Porter Street Prahran

Entry Fees: Free

Grand Opening: 6.30pm-8.30pm Thursday 25 August 2011

Opening Times: 11am-7pm Wednesday to Friday, and 12pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday

Contact Details: Charles Hardman  |  0413 00 1234  |  charles@100thgallery.com