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Remote Control New Work by David Hawley 

26 April 2012 - 24 May 2012


For David Hawley, the process of making art, particularly in relation to abstract painting, continues to be an ongoing source of investigation and experimentation.

In Remote Control the somewhat archaic analogue photocopier provides exciting possibilities for invention. David plays with the unexpected outcomes of this device in this new series of paintings and screen-prints,  using processes such as paper jams, random enlargements, moving images during copying and other ‘interferences’ or ‘happenings’ to produce surprising visual effects. For David “the input of machines and the specific qualities they add to process and object questions accepted notions of authenticity and authorship.”

In this body of work an image is re-fed back into the photocopier up to three times at different enlargement settings to create multiple layered chance distortions. The photocopy images are then rendered in watercolour or as screen-prints on a variety of different substrates.

The resulting images resemble a diverse range of phenomena, such as the heavily saturated colours of an LCD television screen, glossy commercial signage, cracks in cement pavement or geographical formations.

David says of his process that “these actions have significance when considered in the context of modernist painting. For example, an image produced as a result of a photocopier procedure, instead of a splash of paint from a brush, challenges conventional notions of painterly spontaneity and how this is manifest in art.”

David Hawley completed a Master of Fine Art (Research) at the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart in 2003. He has received multiple grants through both NAVA and state arts funding bodies and has recently been short listed for a number of awards including the Fremantle Print Award, the Burnie Print Prize and Tidal; the City of Devonport Art Award. His work is held in a variety of public collections including the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Artbank, the Devonport Art Gallery and the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.


Image: Now you see it now you don't 2011
Photograph courtesy of the artist