21 June 2013

Francesca Mataraga: a to b (wall work)

Image: Francesca Mataraga, a to b (wall work), 2013. 

'a to b (wall work for ArticulateUpstairs)' 

Friday 21 June to Sunday 14 July 
Opening 21 June, 6-8pm
'a to b (wall work)' is a site-specific painting created for the ArticulateUpstairs exhibition space. In this latest installation Francesca Mataraga continues her series of works based on IKEA fabrics patterns that explore size and scale in architectural space. The wall work responds to the architectural elements of the venue and the original pattern is adapted accordingly. The striped element and the title 'a to be' refers both to the viewer's action of walking along the corridor next to the work in order to see it and to the pattern's name – Annbeth. 

A parallel work is also being created simultaneously at the AUTOCENTER (Berlin). In this piece the same IKEA pattern is used but the wall painting takes on a different form. Executed as a process piece 'a to b (wall work for AUTOCENTER)' is made using Schmincke's extra soft pastels in colours that correspond to the stripes. By using such fine art materials for a piece that will only last half a day the work attempts to comment on the temporality of art and functions as a kind of art graffiti.

ArticulateUpstairs wall work painted by Creative Finish. 
AUTOCENTER (Berlin) wall work painted by collective action of  participants in the Autocenter Summer Academy – Week 1.

Further work in this series will be exhibited later in 2013 at Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney.