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No Self: Spencer Harrison | Artist Talk

  • No Vacancy Gallery / QV 34-40 Jane Bell Lane Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)

Opening Night 17 July 6 - 9pm
Exhibition Runs 17 - 29 July

Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 5pm


New abstract works by Spencer Harrison.
Meditations on colour, form, mindfulness and the visual experience.

This series is inspired by my mindfulness practice andis an e ort to strip back to more simple forms, creating compositions with intricate relationships between form, colour and space.

The works extend on the ideas of early 20th century modernist artists, who removed the gure from their work, favouring pure abstraction as their means of expression. By doing so they sought to give the viewer a completely perceptual & emotional experience, free of conceptual analysis. These ideas are mirrored in Zen Buddhist philosophy, which seeks to calm the conceptual mind and reach a point of direct perceptual existence.

The process of creating these pieces draws from the ideas of both practices, using simple collage studies as the basis for the final composition. To create the collages,

I let my intuition guide me, selecting colours, carving out forms and arranging the compositions until there is a balance between tension and harmony. Once completed, each composition exists as a net of relationships, with the colour, forms and positioning all vital to the nal piece.

Free from the constraints of representation, my aim for these pieces is for them to act as objects of contemplation; a prompt for the viewer to pause and be absorbed in a visual experience.

About Spencer

Spencer Harrison aka Spenceroni is an artist from Australia known for his bold, colourful works.

Inspired by his background in science, Spencer draws from the scientific method, building his practice around a methodology of questioning, experimentation and perpetual curiosity.

Connecting with modernist movements of the early 1900s, his work explores the boundaries between abstraction, representation, logic and intuition.

Developing series based around core ideas but not tied to a single medium, his works venture into painting, sculpture, printmaking and public murals.


Artist Talk

In conjunction with this exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery will be hosting a free artist talk on Saturday 21st July, 1-2pm.In this talk, Spencer will share the ideas and infuences behind this show as well as the development process for this body of work. Come grab a coffee from No Vacancy Espresso bar and join us at 1pm for an intimate insight into the workings of an artist.

Free Event