Rowena Martinich: Subdivisions

In 2008/09 Rowena Martinich created an enormous 135 square metre painting installation, titled Common Gesture on the facade of Building 15 at RMIT University, Melbourne. This was the major work of her Masters Research. The giant abstract expressionist work is one of Melbourne’s largest ever public paintings. The painting was created on sheets of clear vinyl plastic using fluorescent paints.

The work remained on location for seven months before being carefully peeled from the windows and deconstructed from its large public format. It was then reformatted for the gallery space at Area Contemporary Art Space Inc, located at Level 1,  Brunswick St. Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Claire Watson describes the works in her essay Process Painting in the following way –

… the canvases explode in unbridled energy – a bright, bold, tempest of colour shocks and demands our attention. In fact, it is difficult to avoid Martinich’s work – each canvas shouts across the room with such strength and conviction; these works seize your attention whether you desire them to or not…The physical process of application is evident in Martinich’s sweeping gestures. Using traditional paintbrushes alongside over-sized calligraphy brushes and self-created painting tools as well as house-hold brooms.

Another of Rowena’s public exhibitions of work can be see on the file titled Viachroma, also on this website.

The images may take a minute to download. By clicking onto the arrows to the left and right of the main images you can move forward or back through the works.

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4 Responses to “Rowena Martinich: Subdivisions”

  1. Wow these works are so colorful. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed the standard info and individual ideas included? I’m gonna be back frequently in order to investigate new posts.

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  3. max says:

    Glad you like it. Rowena is a great artist. Max

  4. It hooked straight away to my brain. Great work.

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