harry hummerston

don't blink twice

8 february - 9 march 2019
Artist talk:
3pm Saturday 9 february

Harry Hummerston continues his investigations into popular culture and imagery with his exhibition Don't Blink Twice.

In recent years he has "often used the strategy of combining two or more unrelated images within the same frame forcing an unusual relationship between them." [Artist statement 2018]. This can be seen in images such as Oyster, where the silhouette of Mickey Mouse dances next to Shiva, Felix the Cat and an Alien. However, there has been an important shift in this exhibition, to include experimenting with new materials. Oyster finds its name from the fabulous milky green wash of paint that bleeds into black, in the vague shape of an oyster, in the background of the work, which is then imbedded into a thick layer of glass like resin.

Epoxy resin coats all of these new works, creating other unexpected dynamics, such as the muzzle to muzzle toy guns rendered useless in Head On. In several artworks, iconic silhouettes have been discarded for the simple joy in creating dynamic graphic compositions with found objects, as in the arc of halved spheres in Dark Moon, and two bonnet scoops facing off in Vadar. Yet their titles again drag the viewer back into popular culture. This implied ominous presence is one that pleases Hummerston, and he returns to it with works such as Deadly Bloom, the composition of balaclava'd heads with a hand grenade centrepiece, evoking a flower. It is inevitable that the human mind will seek meaning from juxtaposed images, and this is something that intrigues this artist. Even the titles of his exhibitions, Double Vision in 2013, and this year's Don't Blink Twice, reference how we see and how we react to what we see.

Hummerston stated, "The title of this exhibition Don't Blink Twice, [or you might miss it] refers to those moments fleetingly glimpsed, that niggling something, that slid briefly behind the inside of your eyes and disappeared somewhere down the back of your brain. When provided with a visual stimulus everyone interprets things differently, based on their own personal life experience. That for me provides the delight in creating art. I have absolutely no wish to have my audience share exactly the same experience, but rather that they enjoy the work in a uniquely personal way." [Artist statement 2019]

Harry Hummerston's graphic style is drawn from his background as a master print-maker, and his fascination for form and shape from his experience as a sculptor. He trained as a teacher at the Graylands Teachers College, graduating in 1973, and went on to increase his teaching qualifications and also to study art, at WAIT and most recently obtaining a Master of Arts in 2002 from RMIT. His artworks can be found in over 45 major collections including the Art Gallery of WA, National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, National Gallery of Thailand, Wesfarmers, Kerry Stokes and Holmes a Court Collections, numerous council collections, Deakin University, RMIT and UWA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

harry hummerston artwork
mayhem
aluminium composite, epoxy resin, mdf
110 x 275 x 5.5cm
2018
$16,000
harry hummerston artwork
blink black i
engraved laminex, epoxy resin, acrylic sheet, vinyl, enamel paint, mdf
40 x 25.5 x 5.5cm
2018
$900
harry hummerston artwork
blink black ii
laminex, epoxy resin, aluminium composite, mdf
40 x 25.5 x 5.5cm
2018
$900
harry hummerston artwork
blink black iii
laminex, epoxy resin, acrylic sheet, vinyl, mdf
25.5 x 40 x 5.5cm
2018
$900
harry hummerston artwork
blink black iv
acrylic sheet, epoxy resin, aluminium composite, vinyl, mdf
25.5 x 40 x 5.5cm
2018
$900
harry hummerston artwork
blink black viii
laminex, epoxy resin, vinyl, mdf
40 x 25.5 x 5.5cm
2018
$900
harry hummerston artwork
blink black xi
vinyl, epoxy resin, aluminium composite, mdf
40 x 25.5 x 5.5cm
2018
$900
harry hummerston artwork
blink black vii
vinyl, epoxy resin, found objects, mdf
25.5 x 40 x 6.5cm
2018
$900
harry hummerston artwork
blink black ix
vinyl, epoxy resin, aluminium composite, acrylic sheet, mdf
25.5 x 40 x 6.5cm
2018
$900
harry hummerston artwork
blink black x
laminex, epoxy resin, acrylic sheet, vinyl, mdf
25.5 x 40 x 6.5cm
2018
$900 SOLD
harry hummerston artwork
blink black xvii
vinyl, epoxy resin, aluminium composite, mdf
25.5 x 40 x 6.5cm
2018
$900
harry hummerston artwork
blink black xii
vinyl, epoxy resin, mdf
30.5 x 40 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,100
harry hummerston artwork
blink black xiv
laminex, epoxy resin, vinyl, mdf
30.5 x 40 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,100
harry hummerston artwork
blink black xv
vinyl, epoxy resin, aluminium composite, mdf
30.5 x 40 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,100
harry hummerston artwork
blink black xvi
epoxy resin, aluminium composite, vinyl, mdf
30.5 x 40 x 6.5cm
2018
$1,100
harry hummerston artwork
blink black xvii
acrylic sheet, epoxy resin, vinyl, magnets, enamel paint, mdf
40 x 40 x 6cm
2018
$1,300
harry hummerston artwork
zen garden
epoxy resin, aluminium composite, found object, mdf
46 x 40 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,400
harry hummerston artwork
paradise
acrylic sheet, enamel paint, epoxy resin, vinyl, mdf
55 x 55 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
ring
aluminium composite, enamel paint, epoxy resin, vinyl, mdf
55 x 55 x 6cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
deadly bloom
aluminium composite, enamel paint, epoxy resin, mdf
55 x 55 x 6cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
oyster
aluminium composite, enamel paint, epoxy resin, mdf
55 x 55 x 6cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
fire dancers
acrylic sheet, enamel paint, epoxy resin, mdf
55 x 55 x 6cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
oyster
aluminium composite, black paper, epoxy resin, mdf
55 x 55 x 6cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
nebula
enamel paint, epoxy resin, mdf
55 x 55 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,800 SOLD
harry hummerston artwork
head on
found object, enamel paint, epoxy resin, mdf
55 x 55 x 7.5cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
dark moon
aluminium composite, enamel paint, epoxy resin, mdf
55 x 55 x 9cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
sleepers
epoxy resin, found objects, enamel paint, mdf
55 x 55 x 6.5cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
humming
acrylic sheet, enamel paint, epoxy resin, mdf
77.5 x 77.5 x 6cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
roots
aluminium composite, vinyl, epoxy resin, mdf
77.5 x 77.5 x 6cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
kenworth
found objects, vinyl, epoxy resin, mdf
77.5 x 77.5 x 17.5cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
sentinel
polypropylene, enamel paint, epoxy resin, mdf
77.5 x 77.5 x 10cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
vader
found objects, enamel paint, epoxy resin, mdf
77.5 x 77.5 x 9cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
dot enigma
found objects, epoxy resin, enamel paint, mdf
77.5 x 77.5 x 6cm
2018
$1,800
harry hummerston artwork
blink white i
aluminium composite, epoxy resin, found objects, mdf
50 x 40 x 10cm
2018
$1,000
harry hummerston artwork
blink white ii
vinyl, epoxy resin, found objects, mdf
50 x 40 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,000
harry hummerston artwork
blink white iii
aluminium composite, epoxy resin, found objects, mdf
50 x 40 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,000
harry hummerston artwork
blink white v
laminex, epoxy resin, vinyl, mdf
40 x 50 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,000
harry hummerston artwork
blink white vi
aluminium composite, acrylic sheet, epoxy resin, vinyl, enamel paint, mdf
40 x 50 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,000
harry hummerston artwork
blink white vii
aluminium composite, epoxy resin, vinyl, mdf
40 x 50 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,000
harry hummerston artwork
blink white viii
laminex, epoxy resin, vinyl, mdf
40 x 50 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,000
harry hummerston artwork
blink white ix
laminex, epoxy resin, vinyl, mdf
40 x 50 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,000
harry hummerston artwork
blink white x
laminex, epoxy resin, acrylic sheet, enamel paint, mdf
50 x 40 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,000
harry hummerston artwork
blink white xi
aluminium composite, epoxy resin, laminex, vinyl, mdf
40 x 50 x 5.5cm
2018
$1,000