Eugene Carchesio is the current Artist in Residence at The Church
Gallery, as part of an ongoing collaboration between The Church
Gallery Art Angels and Edith Cowan University. Whilst in Perth Eugene
will work with the ECU honours programme students, produce a set
of 100 limited edition artworks for the Art Angels and work towards
his solo exhibition at The Church Gallery in April.
His minimal, simplified forms and structures exude a quiet beauty
and have a tough conceptual foundation that has not been overlooked
by curators and collectors around the country. In 2001 Eugene was
selected to represent Australia at the tenth Indian Triennale of
Art in New Delhi and his work is held in many prestigious collections,
including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Art Gallery of WA, the National
Gallery in Canberra, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Queensland
Art Gallery and Artbank.
Eugene was born in Brisbane, where he still lives and works. He
is a self-taught artist and musician who has been practicing since
the early 1980s and quietly achieving national recognition. His
artworks, including watercolours, collages, assemblages and sculptures,
are also quiet and unassuming. Often created on an intimate scale,
they are the product of his interest in the spiritual interconnectedness
of things and show a reductive analysis of conceptual art
and abstraction. Works are loaded with possible interpretations
about man in relation to nature and the cosmos. Eugene uses a number
of recurring symbols in his artworks. The cone, the sphere, the
cube. The cone, one of his most popular, represents human beings
in general and himself.
His watercolours often express the simplicity and purity of geometric
patterning in fresh, clean colours. Eugene sometimes incorporates
words, letters or numbers into their surface, toying with the signifiers
of language and meaning. His sculptural assemblages make use of
discarded objects from everyday life, such as match boxes, paper
or cardboard. By reusing them Eugene injects them with fresh vitality,
giving them another chance at life, a life that incorporates their
history, and a life that will deteriorate and fade like the first.
As one critic mused, His art flows blissfully against the
tides of fashion.
The Church Gallery Art Angels Inc
Edith Cowan University
Carchesio is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne and Bellas