In her exhibition Perceive/Conceive artist Leigh Schoenheimer plays with ideas of visual representation and interpretation. This can be viewed at the Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba until May 2.
Drawing on the idea that many audiences continue to be confounded by abstraction and the conceptual approaches that have since followed, Schoenheimer sets out to demonstrate the difference between seeing and knowing a subject. Through her storyboard format, Schoenheimer’s work offers a visual explanation for the alternative logic of abstraction and post-modern approaches to art-making.
Each multi-panelled work in the exhibition begins with a realistically painted image with subsequent panels veering purposefully away from the ‘traditional’. Using repeated colour harmonies, the artist underlines the visual equivalence of each re-interpretation.
While Schoenheimer’s primary concerns are firmly grounded in the aesthetics of her work, she is also aiming to engineer the ‘AHA!’ phenomenon. That’s the moment that occurs, when a penny finally drops and a new understanding is reached. Each piece of work is, in effect, a short lesson on the evolution of Modernism.
Schoenheimer will talk about her work over a light lunch from noon on Thursday, March 30. Anyone interested in attending should phone 3030 4163 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, March 29.