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  • Gerard Addison

Dichotomy

Updated: Mar 12




Opening night: 20.9.19 from 6 - 9pm


Rhys Archer & Jade Courtney

Dichotomy is an exhibition exploring the space between Painter, Rhys Archer and Photographer, Jade Courtney.

Although on the surface Archer & Courtney seem entirely different “Dichotomy” is a conversation anchored in practice and the division between their chosen mediums.

The idea for “Dichotomy” was sparked by a heated, mediated conversation where both Archer & Courntey explosively described the chasm between their practices and the extreme ends of each, their natural discourse and extreme differences regarding the matter.


Jade Courtney is an independent video artist and documentarian based in Toowoomba. Through a palette of bright colour, her narratives are transformed to a surreal dialogue about her experience of the world. Her works predominantly feature herself as the subject, reimagined in another form as a response to her own inner workings.


Rhys Archer is a painter living and working in Toowoomba, Queensland.


Having studied both art and psychology Archer's work presents both the beauty and horror of the human condition.


Known for employing a wide array of techniques and approaches to his practice, Archer's recent body of work demonstrates a deliberate pairing back of the visual imagery, to almost abstracted forms. Commenting on his practice Archer states that "I hope to suggest rather than dictate. Guide rather than lead, and ultimately engage with the audience through a visual language" .



Dichotomy

Meaning of the word.

A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.


Dichotomy is an exhibition exploring the space between Painter, Rhys Archer and Photographer, Jade Courtney.


Although on the surface Archer & Courtney appear entirely different “Dichotomy” is a conversation anchored in practice and the division between their chosen mediums.


The conversation between Archer and Courtney's work can only be described as an epiphany of divergent thought. Archer & Courtney have presented an abundance of work far exceeding the initial scope of the project to the delight of all involved. Five of the works for each Archer and Courtney are in response to an anchored subject.


Those subjects being:

Mood, Nude, Self portrait, obsession & grotesque.


With a visual anchor for each:

For mood the anchor is an anchor, Nude is a Black dog, Grotesque has Teapots, Selfportrait is anchored in Red and obsession was each to their own a blank canvas with no visual anchor.


Archer and Courntey have both come to their own unique visual representation and internal reflection towards these chosen subjects, converging and collaborating alongside one another throughout their studio practices, both being residents at Toowoombas’ one and only First Coat Studios.


The result of this coincidental meeting of minds and natural dichotomy that exists between Archer and Courntey, has spawned and artistic working relationship that is conducive to the likes of Warhol and Basquiat and is evident within “Dichotomy” through the collaborative work of Archer and Courtney.


Overall, this body of work coagulates and converges over a vast gap in practices harmonising not opposing but doing so very uniquely within the boundaries of Archer and Courtney creative identities.



For Viewing Visual reference:


  • Mood,Anchor = #13 & #14

  • Nude, Black Dog = #11 & #12

  • Self portrait, Red = #1 & #2

  • Grotesque, Teapot = #9 & #10

  • Obsession = #3 & #4





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