Giles Ryder @ Block Projects

Giles Ryder @ Block Projects - Installation View 2010Thursday, 12 August 2010

In his current exhibition of paintings, installations, and neon light displays at the Block Projects, Giles Ryder reveals himself as a talented multi-disciplinary artist. His Tar paintings with sharp wedges of colour are somewhat reminiscent of Robert Jacks’s Metropolis series and Stephen Bram’s recent works, though with a bit of sparkle and iridescent paint thrown in. Painting and Glamour are more adventurous exercises in splattered and poured paint with diamantes and rhinestones sprinkled all over, imbuing the work with a sense of galactic mystery. In Black Sun, the artist returns to the minimalist, constructivist basics, revisited on these shores among others by Peter Booth in the 1970s. Ryder’s works similarly cover the entire expanse of the canvas in thickly applied, monochromatic textured pigments, be it in iridescent black or fashionably shocking pink [$2,800-$6,000]. Neon light displays unite the multitude of colours, shapes, and sparkles of the exhibition [$8,000-$8,500].

This is the last exhibition for Block Projects in the former Tolarno Galleries space in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, before moving to their new premises in Stephenson Street, Richmond, most recently the site of NOTFair 2010.

[© Eugene Barilo v. Reisberg 2010. This article is copyright, but the full or partial use is WELCOME with the full and proper acknowledgment]

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Eugene Barilo v. Reisberg

August 2010


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