We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Mason Kimber Window/drift

acrylic and oil stick on canvas

91.5 x 71.5 cm

I’ve long been fascinated by the thresholds of architecture, where the surface or opening of a building acts as a mediator between interior and exterior worlds. Originally trained in painting, I recently spent time experimenting with wall-based sculpture and reliefs to capture the tactility of the places I experienced, and this has affected the way I’ve returned to the medium of paint. In this work, fragments of architectural impressions and painterly gestures are caught in suspended animation, signalling a break in the surface of the picture. In other words, a soft spot in a hard wall.

Mason Kimber, 2019