Glimmer is a return to painting – a reconsideration of the role of colour, surface, scale and application in a non-sculptural format. In making the works I’ve had to contend with the reality that they are what they are without reference to much in the world, trying to initiate a kind of possession in the process. Getting them to draw breath.
They manifest as enlarged painted facsimiles of covers of the journal ‘Glimmer’ (2001-16).
In January 2001, with the demise of the printed magazine at least a decade away, renegade Australian academic John Rutgers launched five new self-funded niche-interest journals. His hope was that each would contribute to a reawakening of interest in ‘peripheral pop academia,’ where marginal, often pseudoscientific fields of enquiry were exposed and popularised. He was ambitious in his reach but overestimated the potential readership for the specific concerns that each journal addressed, and a combination of rising debt and ill health led him to close four of them in the first year. The remaining journal, however, survived, limping along for the next fifteen years until it too was eventually abandoned in late 2016.
It was called ‘Glimmer.’ Rutgers positioned the bi-monthly publication to cover sensory phenomena that occur at the edge of perception, with a focus on visual distortions and irregularities. The journal’s title was inspired by Rutgers fascination with Tennyson’s poem ‘Merlin and the Gleam,’ which traces the passage of fleeting inspiration, and urges its following.
Please join us for the opening of Glimmer on Saturday 22 June, 4-6 pm.