Time Dilator is a new series of works on paper, by Brisbane based artist, Samuel Tupou, that consider our personal and geographical relationship with the physical planes of space and time. These screen printed works use pattern and repetition to examine coincidence, déjà vu and the realm of dreaming.
Samuel creates artworks that respond to his Tongan and Polynesian heritage, and incorporate patterns derived from and inspired by traditional Pacific Island Tapa cloth design. His recent works draw inspiration from mathematical geometry and 80’s video game imagery as well as Pacific Island Tapa cloth design and fine mat weaving.
He often uses colour photographs from family photo albums as a starting point to evoke a strong sense of time and place. Colour segments act as oversized pixels that combine to form a recurring pattern and an overall image which is shrouded by pixilation. The photograph’s original details and subtleties are removed leaving the viewer with a series of colour structures which when pieced together allude to the original image. The works use proximity and distance to alter the viewers perception. Up close, the works appear to be an abstract assemblage of geometric shapes and colours, whilst at a distance an 8-bit halftone image takes shape.
Where: The Old Ambo Galleries
When: Friday 4 December to Friday 18 December 2020 and Monday 11 January to Saturday 30 January 2021. The galleries will be closed over the Christmas New Year period from Saturday 12 December 2020 until Saturday 9 January 2021.