is Paul Hinchliffes second exhibition with The Church Gallery.
As usual, his work is challenging and thought provoking. The title
of the exhibition, Pandoras Lids refers to the myth
of Pandora who was accused of releasing a box full of troubles into
the world. Pandoras Lids represent the moments following their
release and embody the subsequent change of view that
may have accompanied such an event. Troubles, like challenges, can
change a persons perception of reality.
works in the exhibition expand on this theme and situate themselves
in a sort of no-go zone between the real and the pictorial
between truth and illusion. Paul has achieved these illusions
by creating two dimensional artworks that reference three dimensional
objects. Not such a new thing in itself, painters have been attempting
to cheat the viewers eye for centuries. However, Paul does
it in an entirely new way, using both traditional and innovative
materials. Some works represent something as simple as a flat plane
with a folded corner, the challenge is then to represent this as
both a construction and a two dimensional form which also happens
to appear to be three dimensional. Unlimited variations on both
simple and complex ideas have originated from a visual diary of
drawings composed whilst Paul resided in Melbourne earlier this
It would be unwise to build a chair
without thought for the body that sits in it. Likewise with paintings
and the eyes that look at them. I dont paint paintings, I
Pauls artworks challenge the very notion of painting. He is
conscious of how the viewer is attempting to perceive and understand
his artworks. His constructions are visually beautiful, combining
flat areas of colour with simple designs and symbols that relate
to a complex thesis dredged from art history, literature and mythology.
In viewing them, the public is invited to lift the lids on their
own expectations of contemporary art and thought.
Hinchliffe is an eminent and influential West Australian artist.
He was one of the co-founders of Gallery Heimatlos, a nomadic
art space that extends artspheres of influence beyond the confines
of traditional art spaces and boundaries. Paul is also a freelance
writer, curator and university lecturer.