ANNA FINLAYSON Shhh (The Hexagon Trip)

Exhibition dates
18 April to 18 May 2013

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Sarah Scout is delighted to present Shhh (The Hexagon Trip), Anna Finalyson’s second solo exhibition at Sarah Scout, comprised of a suite of intricate works on paper alongside two floor-based sculptural works. Whilst Finlayson is best known for her site-specific installations as well as wall and floor based sculptural forms and assemblages, which often utilise pre-existing objects such as plastic balls or electrical cable, her work has consistently derived from an expanded drawing practice.

Much of Finlayson’s recent drawing is influenced by early studies as a textile designer, specifically in her use of repetition and graphic motifs. A starting point for the cycle of drawings in Shhh (The Hexagon Trip) is the deconstruction and abstraction of a floral motif. The drawings offer something of a slow reveal; the subtle colour palette of white and grey gives way to a gradual build up of texture and complex patterning, through which Finlayson experiments with optical and visual illusion.

Shhh (The Hexagon Trip) reveals Finlayson’s fascination with the regular hexagon; a 6-sided geometric form prevalent in nature due to its strength and efficiency, together with an evident interest in architectural gesture and the keen spatial awareness that informs her practice.

Anna Finlayson has completed degrees in Painting (VCA) and Textile Design (RMIT), and in 2001 completed a Master of Fine Art at the VCA, University of Melbourne. She has presented solo exhibitions at The Substation, 2013; Sarah Scout, 2009; Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2007; Mir 11, 2004; Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, 2004; Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2003; Conical, 2002; 1st Floor Artists and Writers Space, 2001 among others. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Drawing Folio 2, Block Projects, Melbourne, 2012; Plastic Theory, Peleton Gallery, Sydney, 2008 and I heard it through the grapevine, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2003. Between 2007 and 2009, she undertook an extended residency at the CAMAC Art Centre in France.

Sequence, Selection & Loop


Exhibition dates
14 June to 14 July 2012

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Sarah Scout is delighted to present Sequence, Selection & Loop, a group exhibition that brings together drawings, sculptures and paintings by Melbourne-based artists Anna Finlayson, Charles O’Loughlin and Mark Wingrave.

The artists, who had not previously met, were invited by Sarah Scout to consider the ways in which their practices each engage with geometry, patterning, process, seriality, colour and chance. In bringing the works of these artists into conversation, the parallels as well as divergences in their practices emerge.

The exhibition’s title derives from the simple, hierarchical program flow structures of low-level computer programming: sequence, selection and repetition or looping. These basic ‘structures’ find parallels both in the way in which these artists approach their studio practice (from the most basic decisions about what to make next to complex structures to make work within) together with the materials and motifs in their works.

Anna Finlayson’s work derives from an expanded drawing practice, and she employs a range of media including pencil, gouache, Texta, metallic and fluorescent pens to signal both her interest in the systems and codes of Conceptual art, together with Pop art’s embrace of the vernacular.

Mark Wingrave’s paintings engage with and reinvent the traditions of non-objective painting. His sequence of meditative paintings come out of an ongoing interest with optical pattern, researched from a successive range of sources: listening to music, drawing the intricate designs of banknotes and translating poetry. Each painting’s specific character develops from the artist’s reflection upon the conversations between patterns, colours and their translations from the source material.

For the past five years Charles O’Loughlin’s practice has been concerned with the documentation and inventory of his daily life. Using a process of statistical forecasting O’Loughlin predicts his social movements, interactions and locations into the future, as well as determining the colours, elements and composition of his art works which are communicated through abstract images and sculptural forms.

Exhibitions at Sarah Scout are accompanied by a textual response by an artist. Mark Wingrave has been commissioned to write the exhibition text for Sequence, Selection & Loop.


26 November to 19 December 2009 at Sarah Scout

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