Monday, 7 April 2014
Acrylic and Enamel Paint on Canvas
75cm x 100cm x 3.5cm
“Cleveringa devotes himself to capturing ‘a moment of experience’ by using the cultural symbols, semiotic signs and stories that surround him. He uses knowledge and images that he comes across from everyday life, work and other interests and invests this into his artwork.
Cleveringa is interested in the idea of culture as a shared experience between people. He sees his painting as act of sharing, digesting, and reproducing cultural experiences into something that is refashioned and new.
About This Work
“Tony Planing our Doors” is a painting that draws upon a moment of experience whereby a friend of the artist, Tony, in his generosity and selflessness came to the artist home to plane the bottom of the doors that no longer shut properly because of the swelling heat of the house. The artist was inspired by the act of altruism. The image of an electric planer is meshed with symbols of the day and interconnected with an event in time. The Kookaburra could be heard laughing in the morning, the Buddhist symbol in the right corner represents the artist attempting Yoga and spirituality during the week and the gum leaves perhaps representing the Australian spirit. The ants were inspired by Dali as a thought in the background about the art world and the Pop Art colours and dots were inspired by the artist love of Warhol and Lichtenstein. In the moment of experience there is a complex air of interconnectedness between the symbols but also a feeling of openness and simplicity. The painting is not only a reflection of feeling and gratitude but also a reflection of interconnected experiences making that memory in time.
Friday, 4 April 2014
2010 Jan Cleveringa
Commissioned Public Work- LandCom Pty. Ltd.
"Semiotic Poetry in the Suburbs"
Acrylic and Enamel Paint on Industrial Wall"
30m x 1.8 m x 0.08m
2010 December Studio shot.
One section of ten.