Diana Palmer has recently been working with COMA as a consultant and is the first curator of ‘The Backroom’, an online initiative intended to allow colleagues and friends of COMA to present the public with new work not physically in the gallery or with specific pieces from past, current and upcoming presentations that are close of interest to the curator.
Diana has chosen these artists as they all share a committed, conceptual approach to art making and whilst there is not necessarily one overriding aesthetic or intellectual concern there is a certain privileging of abstraction as a tool to present ideas. Of surface as in Bennett’s work, the history of image as in David Bradley suede ‘paintings’ or identity and personal experiences as in Phu & Paton’s works. Largely it is their differing approaches but shared commitment to surface and the physicality of painting that make each of their works singular within painting right now. Their self critical scrutiny of the material and contextual condition of painting occurs simultaneously to the IRL experience within which each work operates.
Prior to founding art consultancy Palmer Art Projects in 2013 and then permanent exhibition space, PALMER, in 2015, Diana had professional appointments at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (MCA), Sullivan+Strumpf, Olsen Gallery and Sotheby’s as well as being appointed guest curator of The Art Hunter in 2014, a major exhibition of International and Australian art sponsored by Jaguar. She is currently sits on the Board of Underbelly Arts Festival and is on the committee of the Woollahra Council Small Sculpture Prize.
Will Cooke Synthetic Fantasy (Out There), 2018 Primer, Spray Paint on Aluminium Panel, Painted Frame 92 x 82 cm
Jason Phu I went to an Ozzie pub in Amsterdam they didn’t like that I was breaking the illusion I sat there had 10 Guinesses, pulled 9 rabbits out of my butt, 2017 Ballpoint Pen, Ink and Synthetic Polymer Paint on Restaurant Docket Book 16 x 9.5 cm