State Art Collection | MATERIAL GESTURE

Material Gesture

28 June 2008 - 18 July 2011


Material Gesture explores the fundamental roles of line and light in the physical creation of art. The material presence, whether of painting, sculpture or drawing, is the key component or essence of the work.

Light, actual or representational, is often central to a work of art's content. It can create perceptual effects or convey symbolic meanings, such as purity and harmony, or evoke natural forms, ceremonial markings and emblems.

Line is also an essential component of art and can be used as a conceptual and/or formal tool. Line can record the artist's hand gestures and mark-making, or construct a systematic ordering of space and perception.


MATERIAL GESTURE - James Angus, Bicycles 2007

James Angus



State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased with funds from the Sir Claude Hotchin Art
Foundation, 2008


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Last Reviewed 28 July 2011


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