Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Megan Walch at MOP Projects

 Lineage of Eccentricity Stage 2
10th November - 27th November 2011
Opening Thursday 10.11.2011   6 - 8 pm
 MOP Projects,   2 / 39   Abercrombie   Street   Chippendale  Sydney  NSW   2008 

What Goes Up’…. (detail)
Acrylic, enamel, oil paint, glitter on wood panel
70 cm x 280 cm,    
By placing pressure on painting’s traditions Megan aims to exploit the extreme plastic conditions of the medium to cross cultural as well as aesthetic boundaries of form.
‘Eccentric art’ has been a recognised category of Japanese art history since the 18th Century. Japanese Art Historian Tsuji Nobuo coined the term ‘Kiso no Keifu’ (The Lineage of Eccentricity) in his 1970 book of the same name.
Nobuo’s definition embraces unconventional notions of beauty in painting emphasizing the grotesque, a love of nature and the use of humour in imagery.
‘The Lineage’ is a new framework for Megan to develop an Australasian vision in art; one that prioritises a pan-Pacific diaspora.
The etymology of ‘eccentricity’ is rooted in the Greek for ‘off centre’ and it is at a distance from Europe and the US that globalisation’s cultural mutants result in new forms of expression.

Megan’s work has been exhibited in the United States and Australia, including Wilderness, curated by Wayne Tunnicliffe at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Kindle and Swag - The Samstag Effect, curated by Ross Wolfe, University of South Australia Art Museum, and Primavera 2000, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Megan is a Samstag Scholar and an alumnus of the San Francisco Art Institute USA and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture USA. Megan has had residencies in the Space Program New York, in an Australia Council studio at Taipei National University for the Arts, and with Asialink at Khon Kaen University Thailand. She currently lives and works in Hobart Tasmania.