Pre­view: David Serisier,

Artist Profile - - CONTENTS - by Lucy Stranger

EPIC IN SCALE AND EPHEMERAL in pres­ence, David Serisier’s ex­hi­bi­tion, White Dogs, Hoar Frost, Sil­ver + Gold, brings a new an­gle and light to his prac­tice, and an ex­cit­ing vi­sion of the Cen­tral West to Bathurst Re­gional Art Gallery.

It’s hard to shape per­cep­tions of place; you need to be a lo­cal. Yet David Serisier’s re­turn to his home town of Orange af­ter 40 years places him some­where in be­tween. His time away and re­turn marks an ex­cit­ing new stage for the artist’s work and the area, with his lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion that dis­tils his re­freshed per­spec­tive of the area into large-scale paint­ings based upon the chang­ing light.

Mov­ing from his stu­dio in Syd­ney’s in­nercity sub­urb of St Peters, to his new stu­dio near Lucknow out­side of Orange, Serisier is an­chored by his up­bring­ing and his fam­ily history that stretches over six gen­er­a­tions in the area. It is this em­bed­ded con­nec­tion to place that has per­me­ated Serisier’s prac­tice since his re­turn a few years ago.

Un­like his prior in­ter­na­tional out­look with se­ries in­clud­ing The Grey Paint­ings, Spring Break­ers, Gal­lium Sky or To­wards the White Buf­falo, his new work is dis­tinctly lo­cal. Serisier notes, “The first cou­ple of shows out of here could have been made in my stu­dio at St Peters in Syd­ney. This one just felt like Orange. I think it was trig­gered by a dozen tubes of Wil­liams­burg graphite paint that I hadn’t touched for 10 years. I brought it out and it started some­thing.” Colour and non-colour is the way Serisier trans­lates the world. Ti­tled White Dogs, Hoar Frost, Sil­ver + Gold the se­ries is a re­sponse to the frost, sun­sets and cli­mate of his home and stu­dio near Orange. In the well-lit stu­dio, Serisier cre­ates works along­side the light of the day. Dis­tinctly lo­cal, the large paint­ings of ephemeral sil­vers, gold and whites col­lec­tively form into shift­ing lightscapes.

“In win­ter, we’ve got the frosts, and the wil­lows be­come com­pletely sil­ver. Mak­ing these paint­ings I’d look out and see the same colour on the wall, and it starts to trig­ger a re­sponse to that space.” Over time these

01 David Serisier, Sil­ver­salt pho­tog­ra­phy

02 Gold Paint­ing 1, 2003-18, oil and wax on li­nen, 31 x 25.5cm

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