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Selma Parlour is known for her oil paintings that look as though they are drawn, dyed, or printed. The artist conceives of her practice through a syntactical lens, contriving a self-styled coda to historic abstract painting in order to reassess its assorted theoretical proclamations and in/extrinsic conventions.

 

Cloud III

2017, oil on linen, 86.5 x 61 cm. Transparent colour is 'backlit' by the white primed surface beneath. This backlit quality is reminisent of the screen, photograph, or stained glass. Detail view showing oil colour applied to resemble coloured pencil.

For Domestic Devotion

2013, oil on linen, 76 x 61 cm. Angled detail view showing trompe l'oeil illusion, colour inlaid as though through a process of marquetry, and the use of the woven texture of the linen ground as a pictorial component.

new: automated developments beyond the studio

New works include laser engraving into the white primer of her linen surfaces to arrive at the raw linen within/beneath.

 

Above: Miniturised Minimalism (fixed four I)

2019, oil on linen with laser engraved primed surface, 36.5 x 30 cm. The grid is a fitting structure for incremental dgrees of machined erasure. Detail showing a section of a gradated laser engraved rectangle, an engraved square, and an oil painted square (bottom right).

Left: Four Ways from Sunday

2019, oil on linen with laser engraved primed surface, 41 x 51 cm (variable orientation), detail

 

An aging industrial coding machine (whose standard task is to add inkjet batch numbers to products as they pass a sensor on a conveyor belt) is freed form its conveyor and adapted to be subject to the artist's hand and movement.

Right: Illumination Execution Wikipedia

2019, ink from an industrial coding machine on polyester, 51 x 51 cm (1 of 3 individual prints), detail above

 

Above: Factory as temporary studio, repurposed coding machine, work in progress 2018

Left: Proverbial Space with Non-lexical Fillers (after Utagawa Kuniyoshi) II

2019, oil and ink from an industrial coding machine on linen, 51 x 61 cm

 

Risograph prints

Untitled I

2019, Risograph, 43 x 28 cm (edition of 14)

 

 

 

Untitled II

2019, Risograph, 43 x 28 cm (edition of 15)

 

 

Untitled III

2019, Risograph, 43 x 28 cm (edition of 20)

 

 

Untitled IV

2019, Risograph, 43 x 28 cm (edition of 5)

 

 

 
 
 

© Selma Parlour 2020