||My oeuvre focuses on the conceptual and material qualities of painting, choosing reductive forms that limit the possibility for metaphorical interpretation but which are open and expansive enough to increase the lexicon of painting about painting.
The works themselves are concrete and literal, in real space, of real materials(1) and in present time, avoiding the illusionism of traditional painting’s pictorial space and narrative.
Meaning should not be a function of illusion – works do not effect meaning but instead generate it. The works are fabricated and built in a straight forward and workmanlike manner and the gestalt of the individual painting can be experienced immediately.
‘What you see is what you see’.(2)
JN Sydney, April 2001
1. Commercially available bright enamel and acrylic colours, coloured felt, MDF, masonite, poster paper, cardboard, hessian, metal, canvas, using house painting sponge brushes and rollers, masking tape etc.
2. Frank Stella in Bruce Glaser, ‘Questions to Stella and Judd’ in Gregory Battock ed. Minimal Art. A Critical Anthology, EP Dutton, New York, 1968, p. 158