Aftermath

26 July – 25 August 1996

Aftermath is an exhibition of recent work by painters A.J. Pearson and Mark Braunias and sculptor Stephen Clarke.

Aftermath is an exhibition of recent work by painters A.J. Pearson and Mark Braunias and sculptor Stephen Clarke.

Excavating at the roots of anxiety these artists reach into a personal arsenal of sensory artillery to tunnel down and expose the nerve centre at the core of the late 20th century.

Stephen Clarke's sculpture hovers like a fossilised digital fragment, suspended a millisecond after the moment of implosion. The works' opalescent fragility evokes an elusive image, the shadow moment in the aftermath of destruction.

The stark photo-negative quality of Mark Braunias' paintings are blue prints for a technology in crisis. He creates his own time-zone; a jarring mismarriage of past and future with sinister echoes of the Commando comic cult of cold warfare superimposed on an Orwellian vision of the future.

The flat graphic nature of Braunias' spiky drawing is set in terse contrast to the viscous textural paintings of A.J. Pearson. On to a desolate wasteland the artist hews out amorphic forms which take hold. Ambiguous and primal they are produced in the muted, bled colours of Aftermath.

As the world lurches toward the end of the millennium, Aftermath unravels the language of crisis and alienation.

This exhibition has been generously supported by Xerox Copiers Ltd.

('Aftermath', Bulletin, No.102, June/July 1996, p.3)

This exhibition was held at the McDougall Art Annex in the Arts Centre.