Liz Coats: Second Nature & Plenitude. 6 – 27 June 2015 Utopia Art Sydney 2 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW 2017 Opening Saturday 6 June, 3-5pm
The dance of light across water, bark patterns made by the larvae of moths, leaves falling, littering a forest floor…
Liz Coats’ latest work explores enduring questions about colour perception, spatial relations, and the fabric underlying surface appearances, informed by her day to day experiences of the Australian environment and her research into the theories of early 20th century Russian avant-garde painter and theorist Mikhail Matyushin. In the artist’s own words:
I’m interested in ways that formal construction in abstract paintings can be influenced by colour hues and tonality in the immediate surroundings. For instance, assimilation of the fragmentary nature of colours as one sees them filtered through light, or glimpsed at the periphery of vision. Familiar colour and shape sensations like these, shifting through space and line and resistant to absolutes are for me the life in painting.
Coats employs a rigorous formal process in the production of her paintings, layering acrylic pigments using screens to create rich, textural surfaces. Liz sees herself as the facilitator of an organic process, setting up frameworks within which materials can interact freely, akin to the forces she recognizes in the natural environment.
Coats has been exhibiting since the mid-1970s iand her work is included in the major public collections of New Zealand and Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Auckland Art Gallery.