VAULTHOUSE, 185 CLARENCE ST, FEBRUARY 9, 6PM
Vault House is thrilled to present a new body of work by artist Daimon Downey, specially developed as an inaugural artistic commission for the new Clarence Street site.
Moving away from representational genre the artist is typically known for, this series showcases minimal abstraction in compositionally led paintings that strike purity in straight lines and concentric geometry.
Forged in architecturally driven materials; resin dipped timber enveloped in high gloss acrylic paint , processes that lend to Daimon’s practice, which is fast, confident, and deliberate.
The hard-edge cascading squares give the impression of wet windows and interior space. They also feel reminiscent of sexually charged Fontana slash paintings, or in Daimon’s words signify “Brutalism lifting her skirt”.
Disciplined while playful, the reductionism that scaffolds this series heightens Downey’s deft approach to colour, pushing two tones into relief sculpture arrangements that balance contrasting cool shades of blue and grey with earthy palettes.
Effortlessly creative, Daimon’s distinctive style typically synthesises abstract representational imagery with colouration and musicality. His art has a sense of urgency. It’s fast, liberating, and exudes joy.
His practice perpetuates a dialogue between abstraction and figuration, re-presenting objects we encounter in everyday life and bolstering them with curiosity and energy. Having worked across a variety of disciplines, initially cutting his teeth in performance, Daimon subsequently embraced painting, ceramics and sculpture…At the heart of everything he makes is a celebration of joyful creativity.