The Contemporary Baroqu
The contemporary baroque is an action that continually brings into being yet never completes, metamorphosing, indeterminate, celebrating the confusing chemistry of form and chaos, surface and depth, limpidity and disguise. Mary-Anne Caws describes it as a spatial order of shifting boundaries that “teaches us to think about reversals, upside-downness, and in-outness […] fascination with what is complex, multiple, clouded, and changeable”.
I create a baroque abstraction of our current urban environment, an environment that includes our almost simultaneous presence both locally offline and globally online.
It covers canvas, walls, windows, furniture, photographs, fabrics, and skin with looping lines, gauzy membranes, scribbles, and map-like schematics to negotiate this uncertain, shifting space. The continuous world of the real and the virtual is both muddy and bright, lumpy and smooth, and my assertive decoration seeks to converge the complex and the casual of our current condition.
This Pecha Kucha takes you through multiple entrances of these map-like paintings, encouraging a nomadic gaze, moving through its metaphors of the world’s process and passage. Writer Lucinda Bennett referred to them as Wet Maps, “living, breathing ecosystems … the exuberant wetness baroque”. They’re a fluid way of encountering the world, where the world itself is fluid and porous.
Featured Speaker Bio
Evan Woodruffe was born in 1965 in Auckland, and has his MFA from Elam, University of Auckland. He has a proven exhibition and award history, including the 2011 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award, the 2003 Becroft Premier Award, and shows across the Asia-Pacific region.
Woodruffe’s assertively decorative paintwork covers many surfaces, from canvas and furniture to fashion and architecture. Writer Lucinda Bennett refers to Woodruffe’s works as Wet Maps, “living, breathing ecosystems, and visualisations of a new kind of urbanism”.
Woodruffe’s next exhibition is at the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair in September.