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23
Nov
08

Oleh Witer. “The Bee” 2008

Oleh Witer. “The Bee” 2008

 

Oleh Witer
“The Bee”
2008

oil on linen

23
Nov
08

Oleh Witer. installation view and opening crowd with “The Rhinoceros Beetle” 2008

Oleh Witer. “The Rhinoceros Beetle” 2008

 

Oleh Witer
installation view and opening crowd with “The Rhinoceros Beetle”
2008

oil on linen

23
Nov
08

Oleh Witer. “The Elephant Beetle” 2008

Oleh Witer. “The Elephant Beetle” 2008

 

Oleh Witer
“The Elephant Beetle”
2008

oil in linen

23
Nov
08

Oleh Witer opening @ Space 39 Gallery, Melbourne

Tuesday 11th November 2008

A warm and lively crowd was in attendance for the opening of the latest Oleh Witer exhibition at Space 39 in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Nine paintings are presented in the open space of the gallery and what magical paintings they are.

Two of the main canvases feature rearing beetles in the foreground, almost photo-realistically painted, lit from above while in the background geometric red and blue squares are overlaid by enigmatic shadows – almost as though the shadows were the interior structures of a fantastical light shade.
Other canvases feature a bee and a wasp facing each other with cellular geometric patterns and overlaid shadows in the background. Between these two seeming adversaries is a large canvas of a black skull with candle flickering in the it’s lobotomized top sitting on a spiral shape with geometric shapes and the shadows of an almost tarot like ‘ten of swords’ pattern overlaid to the background.

The strongest work features geometric forms with dark surrealist imagery. These are talismanic images with a strong connection to taoist and shamanic principles. A concern with the connection between all things is evident – archetypal pentagrams, spirals and swords are linked to the principles and proportions of the golden mean equation. Contemplation is required to access the inner meanings of the work but they reward extended looking as their magical phosphorescencs are revealed over time. Recommended viewing.

M Bunyan

 
Exhibition dates: November 11th – November 22nd 2008

Space 39
Level 2, 39 Little Collins St.,
Melbourne
0423 976 315

Gallery hours: Tues – Sat, 11-5pm




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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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