Dane Lovett @ West Space, Melbourne

Dane Lovett - Installation View @ West Space, MelbourneThursday, 16 December 2010

Dane Lovett @ West Space, Melbourne

One of the joys of going to galleries such as West Space, which tends to exhibit younger artists, is witnessing the emergence and progress of a new generation of Australian talent. Dane Lovett has been gradually forging a strong career path, exhibiting in experimental yet respected art spaces such as First Draft, TBC, and Linden. His paintings, which are instantly recognisable for their painterly style, fluid brushwork, and sharp, laconic, and perhaps self-referencing narratives, have been popping up in a number of serious art prizes, such as Gold Coast’s Duke Prize, Metro Prize, RBS Emerging Artist and the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, showing a wider recognition for this artist’s work.

Dane Lovett - Still Life 1His current exhibition at the West Space features still lifes of potted plants and flowers in glass vases and jars, resting atop of CD covers and vinyl LPs, old television sets and outmoded stereo equipment. The whole is painted rather exquisitely and in lively colours, and his rendition of illusory space and distortion of objects as seen through water is quite masterly. Music albums and stereos which proliferate through Lovett’s paintings are no doubt in reference to his own interest in music and the ubiquitous role it plays in his life. However, these paintings do make one feel quite old. Vinyls and CDs, which were so much a part of one’s adolescence and young adulthood, are now increasingly replaced by MP3 digital players, and the only way to use them nowadays is as coasters or doilies; just like the old-fashioned music equipment and vintage television sets that can only be used as decorative props, or indeed, as pot-plant stands.

The generational change and the constant development of technology are expressed in these paintings subtly yet as poignantly as Ricky Swallows turntables and gameboy sculptures of the early naughties. The juxtaposition of these objects against broken pot plants and cut flowers further emphasises the messages of impermanence and transience in Lovett’s art.

Dane Lovett - Double Feature 1http://danelovett.com/


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

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Eugene Barilo v. Reisberg

December 2010


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