Annabelle Aronica at Rubicon ARI
What You will Find if You Peel Off Your Skin, 29.11.2017 - 16.12.17
By Brigid Hansen
Melted cream and peach-flecked kitchen linoleum bleeds down its hardboard backing, grittiness rising through segments of black, vermilion, rotten-lime grey and electric-yellow fluorescence.
Grey-black clouds rise upward, expanding within a dagger form which pierces open its surrounding orange yolk-resin. Milky orange trails of gloss bleed over a sky-blue underwash, revealing past interactions with material and canvas.
A noticeable shift in direction for the artist, these shiny pseudo-digital compositions embrace glitches as codes of expression. Shapes and textures manifest through jarring colour clashes, an emphasis on following the narrative dictated by paint’s mark-making and the surrendering of control over material’s movement. Aronica eliminates brushstroke in these poured, peeled, pigmented compositions, building a series of works created through embracing picking, pushing, pulling and pouring processes.
Hand-mixing a paint colour which (due to limitations self-imposed by the artist or dictated by its quick-dry epoxy base) can only be used in one place on the canvas creates a time-specific mark - a reminder of past process histories. Viscous and finite contrast with thick and hard in ‘Swan lungs and the prawn in golden hour’, where layers of spray paint, water-based enamel and oils pick at each other’s shapely forms, agitating one another much like the process of material formation in their making.
Aronica successfully blends both both chance (analogue) and highly articulate (digital) methods of colour and composition-making in this series of dense, glossy collection of mark-making histories.