SINAN LEONG REVELL, MARY DESSERT & EDEM ELESH
A former singer of avant-garde band S.P.K., Australian artist Sinan Leong Revell turns her lens onto the social and political media landscape to produce images that provoke, puzzle and amuse. The photographic series: “DoppelgANGER” and “Color Blind Test” are in the genre of self portraiture. In the first series, Revell plays every character portrayed in the staged pictures of often famous scenes. The “Color Blind Test” depicts the "invisible" people in societies. These subjects are masked with a vinyl dot screen that mimics the classic color blind test.
Mary Dessert’s abstract drawings present shapes that have a puzzling familiarity. They make the viewer search for references in the real world but are meant to express the essence of being and not a specific reality. The work is about both delineating large forms and a focus on small details. The drawings speak to the randomness and specificity of being. They are snapshots of a particular moment in time and are about making specific choices from random information to define existence.
For Edem Elesh the act of painting, or “making art”, is simply an attempt to assist, as conduit, the delivery of data and processed experience to a surface. His work is always layered. The initial imagery, or what he calls “triggers”, are more often than not, subjugated by ensuing information. He expresses that the whole comprises a finished piece much as a moment is comprised of a thousand memories. In essence, he paints from the gut. If the result is true, in every sense, the resulting piece should strike the viewer not merely optically, but "behind the eyes”.