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Matthew Browne - Theoria


Tue 3 May 2016, 11:00am–5:00pm

Where: Orexart, Level 1, 15 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Orexart

Theoria – the Greek word from which the English words theory and theatre are derived, meaning “contemplation, speculation, a looking at, things looked at” – is the title of Matthew Browne’s new show of paintings. As this and previous titles (Fantasmagoria, Noumena) indicate, Browne’s work has long been concerned with accessing and manifesting that which is mostly not quite knowable to the senses.

The work asks, can we appreciate abstract ideas and realise them in a material sense, in the tradition of Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle and their heirs, including Kant? More specifically, Theoria #1 - 64 refers to 64 small paintings, while the large works carry individual titles, also Classical in their references to virtue, sophistication and wisdom.

The large works are formal and imposing, carrying the weight of their meaning. Small framed works present themselves like mirrors or windows, to look into and through as ideas and illuminations. In all the works there is a strong suggestion of space that is constructed as an architectural juxtaposition of floating shapes, intersecting, colliding and over-lapping. Surprising colour combinations include blues, yellows, oranges and greens.

Forms merge and seemingly move theatrically about their stage.

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