Trevor Newman

Working Space 2

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Painting is not just a surface thing. My practice rethinks abstraction with an emphasis on activating space; the link between art on the wall and the space around it is alive. Working Space 2 ignites my exploration away from the wall and my interest in exploring how space can be activated.

I take the perspective of two dimensional space and extend it to create a pictorial space that moves into the viewer’s space. It is not the space the viewer inhabits daily but a space created by art, which gives the feeling that art is more real than daily existence.

Activating space, for me, recognises that space needs light and asks the viewer to engage perception as a medium. Where does the artwork begin, where does it end? It allows us to see ourselves seeing, allows us to be with the work. Perception is a medium, the artist asks the viewer to look at looking.

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