First. One. Thing. Then. Another.

by Michelle

Ghost Loop: Slip White Moss

Jess MacNeil
First. One. Thing. Then. Another.
01 Feb – 26 Feb 11
Gallery Barry Keldoulis
285 Young Street
Waterloo, NSW
Tue – Sat 11 am – 6 pm

There is a cohesiveness about Jess MacNeil’s current exhibition as each framed painting marks the parallax effects of colour rupturing through space. The perspectives are blended and erased, contrasting and soothing by turns. Analagous colours like reds and oranges, blues and purples nuance the frame, excavating the space within. The distance between viewer and object, the gestures of the brush become emphasised. In other paintings, like “Hawkshead,” the speed and urgency of primary reds are bold and inventive expressions of flight.

Conglomerations and sediments of blues with warm earthy hues suggest landscapes, which are sliding and evolving, evoking water, wind and glaciers. Cartographies are suggested by contour lines, by scale and relief. In “Ghost Loop: Slip White Moss” discrete borders bleed into temporal fringes with lapidary precision. The compositions are organic, layered as if the point is not space at all, but spatio-temporal perspectives. One thinks of headlands, isthmuses, rivers, tributaries, and the music of motion is suggested as if the colour, vividly saturated and vibrating were an entire breadth of aural tones.

The confluent shadows of pedestrians and fountains in the Revolution video are aesthetically mesmeric with a hint of quiet disturbance. This installation inspires many of the paintings with its rainbows and fountain cherubs. MacNeil’s playful wit is evidenced in the names she chooses for the paintings, the literal inflected by conceptual words like “topology,” “mesmerist,” “dystonic,” “soft glow,” and my favourite, “Shonibare with Tritons.”

Born in Canada, MacNeil has lived on the South Coast of NSW, as well as in Melbourne, Sydney and London. She describes being fascintated by country/city transitions amongst other movements between places and the way the psyche responds. Her award winning work is held in public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and the Australia Council for the Arts as well as numerous Australian and international private collections.

Blue Shift Trafalgar Space Painting

Revolution Video Still, Jess MacNeil