LIGHTBOX23 Exhibition: Janna Watson
Lightbox23 is an illumination of art from international and local artists, screening nightly on the Northbridge Piazza Superscreen. Featuring pop, contemporary, new media and illustrative works, Lightbox is curated especially for FRINGE WORLD and transforms Northbridge into a riot of colour, shape and form.
As the world we know dematerializes into paint strokes, so too does her paint take stage as its very own character in a multi-act drama of composition. Bundles of colour, made up of discrete yet inseparable instances of pigment—what Watson refers to as “moments”—are teeming and poised as though caught mid-multiplication.
Sweeps of paint re-direct sharply and fold over themselves; thin, rigid ink lines cut into the pictorial field as rudimentary elements in an increasingly complex system of painterly language. All the components play out on a surface of slow, chromatic gradation. Like many of Watsonʼs players, these backdrops tenderly gesture toward the familiar, stopping just short of representation. The result is a conceptual project (and distinct, stylistic signature) that speaks to a contemporary milieu in which abstract painting is not the retreat of meaning into an unrecognizable realm, but rather the emergence of medium as a “figure” in its own self-inscribed world of feeling and being.
Watson does more than reveal paintʼs potential to emote—she gives it a space to reveal itself, in its own time.
Canadian painter Janna Watson uses abstraction as both an escape from and return to the real.
20 - 28 January | 7pm
29 January - 4 February | 8pm
5 - 11 February | 9pm
12 - 19 February | 10pm
Cnr Lake and James Street
Northbridge WA 6003