Michael Georgetti Light As ObjectOpening: Thursday 18 October, 6-8pm Dates: 16 October-3 November 2007
This dialogue between real and pictorial space aims to survey the objective behaviour of light in a literal sense.
The work is made from painted cardboard boxes placed casually on top of remote-control cars, which perform different functions in a studio environment. I am using these forms to animate the play of light and colour in the shifting relationship between the actual and the representational. This allows the mobile object to become a type of moving colour field behind the frame of the camera screen. In some instances these moving boxes become the instrument used to paint. I want to make a “moving painting”, and this depends on the moveable object’s navigations through space.
I believe it is important that these objects, and the way they are co-ordinated, reflect and reveal the time, place and culture in which they were manufactured. The mass-produced object (i.e. the remote control car, an electronic toy) inherent in today’s popular culture is one of the tools I use for animating light, colour and paint.
‘I use classic forms often made from commonplace materials (cardboard, tape, paper and canvas) to create colour-fields in a dialogue between real and pictorial space. I try to activate space theatrically, where colours can play a character in a staged narrative. I often incorporate a material into the work that brings object-ness to my paintings and at the same time preserves its two-dimensionality. The margins of the camera screen and the flatness of the image that it provides in my work allows real space to act as a metaphorical picture-plane where all moving objects within it can become paintings.
My work is directed frequently through de-materialising the object and keeping in flux the dialogue between the sculptural and the pictorial. The “pushing and pulling” that occurs between a colour and its complimentary often relies on mobile forms to do so.’ (M.Georgetti 2007)