Penetrate

Jac Font
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
February
   
28
 -  
March
   
11
...Font turns her attention to the different ways in which boundaries can exist, including barriers or obstacles that are felt despite being invisible or non-existent.

INFORMATION

In her first solo exhibition Penetrate, Jac Font explores colour, transparency and space, introducing the series of works ‘Is’. Both the title and bold, sometimes garish colour combinations refer to the early twentieth century Orphic painters and the motivation to create pure painting.This series uses non-representational closed, often simple shapes to create a sense of self-contained boundary or enclosure with the intention that they merely exist, without other reason for being.

But in these works there is also a tension developed by the lack of contact between the outlines of the vibrant blocks of colour, in which the shapes can appear to be uncomfortably separate and to want to draw closer to each other. In this way Font turns her attention to the different ways in which boundaries can exist, including barriers or obstacles that are felt despite being invisible or non-existent.

Font’s work also examines skin as boundary and fragile defence.The possibility of its penetration is both a source of appeal and horror. In a number of new works from her series Keeping up Appearances the contours of her figures are not entirely intact, representing the breakable body and its vulnerability to deformity and destruction and hinting at violent histories.The artist reacts to the traps of societal expectations, doing so with ambiguous gender representations.

In her first solo exhibition Penetrate, Jac Font explores colour, transparency and space, introducing the series of works ‘Is’. Both the title and bold, sometimes garish colour combinations refer to the early twentieth century Orphic painters and the motivation to create pure painting.This series uses non-representational closed, often simple shapes to create a sense of self-contained boundary or enclosure with the intention that they merely exist, without other reason for being.

But in these works there is also a tension developed by the lack of contact between the outlines of the vibrant blocks of colour, in which the shapes can appear to be uncomfortably separate and to want to draw closer to each other. In this way Font turns her attention to the different ways in which boundaries can exist, including barriers or obstacles that are felt despite being invisible or non-existent.

Font’s work also examines skin as boundary and fragile defence.The possibility of its penetration is both a source of appeal and horror. In a number of new works from her series Keeping up Appearances the contours of her figures are not entirely intact, representing the breakable body and its vulnerability to deformity and destruction and hinting at violent histories.The artist reacts to the traps of societal expectations, doing so with ambiguous gender representations.

FEATURED  WORKS

Jac Font, Is 12 (detail), 2019, Acrylic on polyester film on perspex, 33 x 33 cm
Jac Font, Is 16, 2019, Acrylic on polyester film on perspex, 33 x 33 cm
Jac Font, Is 17, 2019, Acrylic on polyester film on perspex, 33 x 33 cm
Jac Font, Is 13, 2019, Acrylic on polyester film on perspex, 33 x 33 cm

OTHER  EXHIBITIONS