EPW: Applied Paintings - Project for a Kindergarten I & II
John Nixon is one of Australia's most celebrated and prolific artists. Known best for his ongoing EPW (Experimental Painting Workshop) series, Nixon relentlessly interrogates the medium of painting with expansive and systemic bodies of work rife with bold colour schemas and the ability to create optically charged environments.
For his solo exhibition at PICA, his first in a major gallery since 2007, he presents a connected pair of projects made in 2006 and 2011. Project for a Kindergarten 1 from 2006 was inspired by the discovery of a book about the design of the Kindergartenhaus Wiedikon in Zurich, by Swiss Architects in 1932, whereas Project for a Kindergarten 2 was a response to the design of a kindergarten in the Swiss mountains by contemporary architects Marianne Burkhalter and Christian Sumi.
As with many of Nixon's Applied Painting projects, the paintings, sketches and prints in this exhibition, which number over 80, represent a catalogue of images for potential placement throughout the kindergarten buildings.