Our good mate Heesco has always been one talented dude, from both illustration to his work out on the streets – however his upcoming solo show, Incessant, focuses purely on his painting, and on his move towards exploring the abstract side of things within his practice. Read on for the details of the opening this Friday down at Dark Horse Gallery in Melbourne!
“This exhibition is about painting.
‘I don’t really know why I paint. I just want to paint everything, all the time. It’s become an obsession, my life, my profession, it defines me as a person to an extent. Something happens when you paint this much, the focus shifts from content to detail, the process itself becomes more interesting and important than the finished result. You become intrigued by the creative side of painting more so than technique, and naturally, abstraction takes over, as it embodies the true essence of that creative process. Each painting is born out of chaos, a smudge, a stroke, then gradually it grows, changes, and shifts, forms created and destroyed, until it becomes something. This something is achieved through finding a balance, a balance between the abstract and the figurative, through various techniques, the planned and the spontaneous, the emotional and the conceptual, through composition, colours etc. A myriad of influences gets thrown in, from everything that I’ve been taught in art school to painting on the streets, some on purpose, but mostly subconsciously.
This creative process is the conceptual core of this body of works. I want my paintings to be bold, brave and loud, or soft and gentle, whatever, without dictating to the viewer what it is and what it is not. That privilege should always be rested with the viewer. Art should be a personal experience, free from rules and categories, always open for interpretations. It should trigger emotions, and draw reactions, and make you consider the possibilities.”
It’s been almost five years since we had a chat to Heesco, so later in the week we’ll be posting a bit of a preview and a catchup, keep an eye out for it – and see you down there on Friday night!
What: Incessant solo show
Where: Dark Horse Experiment,
When: Show opens 6pm Friday 20th November 2015, and runs til 24th November
Check out the Facebook event page for more info on the show!