Continue: Three Brisbane Artists brings together paintings and sculptures by Sarah Poulgrain, Archer Davies and Angelica Roache-Wilson. The title of the show references a favourite art teacher of the German artist Jonathan Meese, who demonstrated his unfaltering belief in the process of art making with the only advice he felt that Meese ever needed – “Continue, continue, continue.”
The work of Sarah Poulgrain intentionally steers clear of the certainty of grand statements. It presents a quiet perspective often with objects or images that are hidden, obscured or existing only temporarily and thereby concerning itself with a concept of existence which is precarious. Sarah Poulgrain was the recipient of the Painting Faculty Award at Queensland College of Art where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2013. A finalist in the Graduate Art Show and Espresso Garage Awards, she has exhibited in both Brisbane and Edinburgh.
The paintings of Archer Davies are the outcome of an enthusiastic relationship to the messy, noisy world of imagery that makes up our contemporary environment. Through the process of arranging and painting tableaus consisting of flowers, laptops, prints of works of great artists, paint brushes and pop culture figures like Pamela Anderson, these sometimes absurd domestic/studio environments evoke the unseen, sometimes uneasy narratives that form the undercurrent of daily life. Archer Davies has recently returned to Brisbane from a residency in Philadelphia made possible by Griffith University and Crane Art School. During this trip he made work for his solo show ‘Altogether Elsewhere’ at The Hold Artspace, Brisbane.
Each of Angelica Roache-Wilson’s paintings are the result of a process which alternates between spontaneous experimentation and painstaking refinement, this process is repeated until resolution is found. This criteria is shaped by a constantly accumulating mess of influences, experiences and uncertainties associated with everyday life. Angelica Roache-Wilson recently graduated her BFA with Honours from Queensland College of Art.