image courtesey of Troy Mendham
Rapid mash-ups of colour and line as well as a palpable sense of gusto distinguish Troy Mendham’s paintings.
As a painter-turned-image maker working through contemporary abstraction, his new solo exhibition I WISH I COULD KEEP LIKING THIS AND YOU WOULD GET TONNES OF LIKES BC I JUST WANNA LOOK AT THIS 4 EVA!!!! sees Mendham progress his exploration of new ways in which audiences are engaging with abstraction in both physical and virtual arenas.
As the exhibition’s title suggests, Mendham’s practice as a painter encompasses that of the avid instagrammer or online content creator who uploads imagery for online exchange; approximating aesthetic value with mass receivership. Mendham’s engagement with the perpetual image stream of the screen follows on from his ‘Ambush Exhibiting’ series where he distributed his paintings in various public locations for audiences to find, document and re-appropriate as techno images using smartphones.
Most intriguing about Mendham’s new series is how he presents a contemporary situation for abstraction whereby the painterly gesture has virtual sensitivities towards compressions, transposition, and simulated impressions. Yet by their physically defined presence in the gallery, a dual acknowledgement of abstraction's history and current evolvement - in addition to the consumption of its rendering - frame these split sensibilities the genre is currently engaged with as indicative of it's future realtionships with new and ever-evolving visual technologies.
Troy Mendham lives and works in Melbourne Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Design from RMIT University in 1997. In 2011 he was a finalist in the St Michaels Archangel Art Prize and in the same year won the Waverly Art Prize (Sydney) for drawing. Recent solo shows include Champion Breed, Seventh, Melbourne, 2013. Selected group exhibitions include Un:Sighted, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, 2012 and From the Neck Up, Smart Alec, Melbourne, 2011.