24 August 2018

Art exhibition composing a symphony of illumination

| Alex Rea
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Susie Dureau, Magna Anima (The Great Soul), oil on linen, 180 x 180cm 2018. Images: Supplied.

An exhibition of work by Sydney artist Susie Dureau is now on show at Bungendore’s Suki & Hugh Gallery. The new works in the show entitled ‘The Architecture of Light’, examine light as a subject and entity unto itself rather than an assumed component in the illumination of other subjects.

The much-anticipated show, which follows a sell-out exhibition with the gallery in 2016, sees Dureau expand on her well-established themes of light; the physical environment and the intangible.

Gallery Director Susan Foxlee says,

“At once the illuminated and the illuminator, light is implicit in all that we perceive. Giving form and colour to the world around us, it enables us to visually apprehend our physical environments. However, as part of its complexity as a tangible entity, light needs those same landscapes to be seen.”

Susie Dureau, The Waves, oil on Linen, 20 x 25 cm, 2018.

Dureau explains,

“The landscapes in this body of work provide the framework for the depiction of light. They are the architecture that holds this ephemeral thing and yet I implore the viewer to think about the materiality of light itself. And while the landscapes are rooted in Australia, the light knows no nationality. It moves freely through the atmosphere and across all the world’s geographies rendering the scenes universal.”

Dureau takes inspiration from the American artist James Turrell, who made ‘Skyspace’ at the National Gallery of Australia.

Turrell says,

“Light is not like clay, you can’t form it with the hands, you can’t carve it away like wood, or chip it away like stone. We use light to illuminate other things but… light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation.”

Dureau lives with her family on the Northern Beaches of Sydney where she takes regular inspiration from the wild and free coastline. She works within a creative collective called LaCreme Creative Inc. in Brookvale where she spends her days surrounded by creatives of all kinds, from filmmakers and architects to glassblowers and street artists.

In support of drought-affected farmers, Susie and the gallery have dedicated to raffle a painting over the duration of the exhibition with 100 per cent of raffle ticket proceeds going to registered drought relief charity Buy a Bale.

To purchase a ticket, go here.

Susie Dureau, Little Breath, oil on linen, 20 x 25cm, 2018.

The exhibition will run at Suki & Hugh Gallery until 30 September 2018.

Suki & Hugh Gallery: 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore, NSW

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