Preview: David Serisier,
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