The Poetics of Obsolescence
In his father's garage, artist Laurence Noga discovered a hoard of objects and memorabilia - tools, packets, washers, menus, books photographs and the like - that his family has collected over the years. He became intrigued by the emotional narratives associated with the objects, the human stories that ran alongside both the practical attributes and aesthetics of each item. No longer in working order, many of these items had become simple design pieces and mementos to past events. This garage hoard is the source of Noga's latest body of work, a series of assemblages, paintings and mixed- media works showcased in Poetics of Obsolescence.
Noga's work is a unique combination of geometric painting and systematic assemblage. He intuitively selects and arranges strips of paint and found material into a panoramic format that combines personal visual references with a strong geometric sensibility. The ten multi-layered works in the exhibition immerse the viewer in a universe that the artist describes as "imperfect geometry." He uses a variety of materials, including acrylic, oil, collage, powdered pigment, steel, wood and enamel. Highly saturated colour is essential to the approach and this is intended to disorientate the viewer, allowing the colour (applied in ordered segments) to create an odd field of depth that calls into question notions of order and disorder.
Curator Vivienne Roberts describes her fascination with Noga's work: "Laurence Noga's paintings are highly-coloured objects. Often on wood, they conjure up memories of cubism, notably Fernand Leger and Juan Gris. The scale of these pieces adds a preciousness to their quality so that even a tiny piece has an enormous presence."
Artist: Laurence Noga
Category: Arts | Visual Arts