Jonny Niesche at Booth F34 | Art SG 2023
12.01 - 15.01
Australian artist Jonny Niesche will create a spatial, immersive experience for his Singapore Art Fair debut, featuring a monolithic sculpture and six new large-scale paintings. Offering attendees a portal from the busy commerce of a fair to an altered state, each element in this intentional composition contributes to the creation of a spatial ambience that hedges us towards the emotional and slightly unknown.
Created on voile and over two metres tall, Niesche’s paintings revel in their materiality, his practice celebrated for bold chromatic expanses and saturated tones that dissolve from one hue to the next in an unfolding play of light and colour. Surround by brass frames that capture the audience as unwitting performers in the work, Niesche’s practice engages the viewer. From their polished surfaces to deep dark pools at the centre of his canvases and the artist’s undeniably beguiling use of colour, Niesche’s practice shows his careful employment of spatial dynamics and the primacy of our senses.
Niesche’s work is well known for its beauty and urban allure but it can also be a seductive sensory overload, a negotiation of intensity and intimacy as well as a ticket to an elegant futuristic realm. In his work colours are presences, or performers. Each tone deliberately selected for its resonance and how it exists in conversation with the next, Niesche understands and exploits the power of colour to trigger our senses. Trawling fashion, music, makeup, and his own practice he digitally selects and distills hues to define the right experiential outcome, often one that offers a certain frequency to the gallery space. His practice is characterised by a plurality of colour field combinations, seriality, and a play of light and motion.