Piermarq presents emerging artist Gene A’Hern’s 2nd solo exhibition, Building on Ruins. A’Hern’s abstract works are an autobiographical illustration of his present thoughts and discoveries. For this new body of work, A’Hern reflected upon the concept of taking something that is broken to create something new.
Exhibition dates: 16 August – 1 September 2018
Opening: Thursday 16 August 2018, 6 – 8pm
“In the past 6 months of creating works, I reached a point where I was crippled by self-doubt and was being highly critical of my work. To move through this destructive period of uncertainty, I needed to not only accept but embrace the inevitability of mistakes in my artistic practice.”
A’Hern began to paint over ‘lost’ works, giving them new life and a palimpsestic quality. This process of layering taught him to embrace the uncertainty and vulnerability of his artistic expression without fear of imperfection. Making mistakes is now inherently vital to A’Hern’s artistic practice. The resulting body of work is honest, emotive and spontaneous. They are full of light, vibrant colour and expressive mark-making.
Opening: Thursday 16 August, 6pm to 8pm.