Simon Degroot who is currently a PhD Candidate at Queensland College of the Arts (QCA) in Brisbane decided to have an exhibition in Canberra and he did … this, for the record, is how you get your work out of town without waiting to be asked or discovered. Simon’s example is an excellent one and that just do it attitude is what is often missing in the visual artists. First you bring work that can be easily transported – preferably in a suitcase – and is easily installed. Book yourself into a cheesy motel and presto, you have an interstate exhibition at a reputable gallery such as ANCA. Before we get off the soapbox, however, it would be highly desirable if local people supported visiting artists … it is a problem everywhere in Australia that few artists have the slightest interest in anything or anyone outside their own locale. Remember, you might want to venture beyond the ACT borders yourself one day.
But back to Simon – Shallow Space might be described as geometric abstraction consisting of paintings and wall-mounted objects exploring illusion, construction and representation. Not to put too finer point on the genre Simon’s work has a refreshing deceptive simplicity, far from tight assed geometric forms that often find their way to the painterly canvas. His “objects” of paint and collages with paper and tinted plastic seem to have floated across the shallow spaces to land in overlays of colourful concurrence. Its the kind of work one wants to take home and some punters already have …. Shallow Space at ANCA Gallery until 22 June.