Gallery 1: Grid Meditation & Square Works by Wladyslaw Ratuszyinski and Leigh Hewitt
In Wladyslaw Ratuszyinski's large charcoal works on paper shrouded chairs become monumental mountain ranges and everyday train station scenes become sites of transformation. The treatment of the images sublimates the subject matter, illuminating the scenes with a divine light. The inspiration for this series was the re-emergence of childhood dreams and the youthful imagination exercise of finding fanciful objects and scenes in the formations of clouds. The title of the series "Grid Meditation" refers to the artist's process, visible in the works, of using the age-old grid drawing method in conjunction with a meditative approach. The three tools used, the willow charcoal, the eraser, and the smudging tool, are given equal importance in this process. The works shown are selected from the larger series of "Grid Meditation" works.
Shown alongside Wladyslaw's monochrome works are the often brightly coloured oil paintings of Leigh Hewitt. These largely figurative works hint at narrative and metaphor but avoid blunt conclusions. When viewed together this collection of sometimes puzzling images may be seen in terms of duality - the heroic mingles with the mundane, the real with the concocted, and the busy with the calm. Painting in oil on board, Leigh attempts to render with each work a unique snippet of the cartoonish world we inhabit and create, where folk singers peer at us through dying foliage, men in grey handle kaleidoscopic bunches of balloons, and man beats computer in a game of logic for the final time.