SONDER
matthew browne

7 November - 2 December 2017

Matthew Browne is fascinated by the subjectivity of perception and the fallibility of memory. Can a shared experience truly exist, if what we perceive and what we remember varies from person to person?

Sonder welcomes this ambiguity of reality, and probes how each work can provoke an entirely different reaction in every individual. Browne describes these paintings as open-ended platforms for our engagement and contemplation, activated by our speculation. The abstract forms intentionally defy definition, and teasingly hint at some long-forgotten memory or sensation. One imagines that if the forms shifted just slightly one way or the other, one could pin down the sense of recognition just tantalisingly out of reach.

Browne describes making his Sonder paintings as ‘unearthing’ each composition from his unconsciousness, discovering the balanced forms as they emerge. Creating the perfectly crisp contours and confident colours is a meditative and instinctive process.

These are deeply personal compositions, each enjoying a unique connection with the artist, but also released from any intended meaning or reading. Ultimately, it is this elusiveness that holds our attention. There is an effortless grace to the paintings, and it ceases to matter what the works may represent, but instead that they reflect the plurality of our perceptions and selves back to us.

- Linda Yang, September 2017

Artist talk Saturday 18 November 1pm, OREXART

See exhibition here

Register your interest here orex@xtra.co.nz

Sonder 15 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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Sonder 1 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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Sonder 2 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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Sonder 3 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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Sonder 4 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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Sonder 5 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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Sonder 6 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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Sonder 7 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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Sonder 8 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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Sonder 9 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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Sonder 10 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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Sonder 11 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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Sonder 12 (2017) vinyl tempera & oil on linen 560 x 405mm

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