Thursday 20 January- Sunday 27 March 2022
Curated by Ainslie Macaulay
This exhibition is part of the OPEN SKY / Kelly’s Garden program
Kelly’s Garden | Salamanca Arts Centre
CLOSING EVENT: 23 March 2022 5.30pm – 7pm
Jake Walker will present a group of ambiguous ceramic objects, alluding to keys, paintings and alternate realities.
Grog: a granular material that has been crushed down from brick, refractory rock, or other pre-fired ceramic product and added to clay to give textures, reduce shrinkage during firing, help the clay to form uniformly and stop cracking and warping when being fired.
Grog; a strong alcoholic drink, originally rum , mixed with water
Above image: Untitled, 2021, glazed stoneware
Jake Walker was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia in 2000. His practice is inextricably linked to the natural and cultural landscapes of New Zealand. Walker admits that as a child he ‘didn’t really know there were too many other kinds of painting’ aside from landscapes. His works are constantly shifting and revisited after some time, with chance and instinct at the core of his working practice. Sometimes this results in works of ‘weightlessness of accident and incident.’ Exploring themes of modernist architecture and abstract perspectives, Walker’s free and loose sense of play embraces material forms. Walker sees paintings as objects, not flat two-dimensional images. This openness to experimental processes has led to a series of works using clay- painterly forms and stoneware frames that lead from one thing, to another.
Photo of Jake Walker | Genevieve Griffiths