REFLEX is an exhibition site undertaken to demonstrate the varied, complex and extremely broad spectrum of divergent phenomena which comes out of painting. Reflex is solely a wall painting exhibition project; where through the creation of wall paintings, it can lead to an intervention of meaning being established in a site as not a decorative function but as an artistic statement and / or proposition of intention or conceptual statement. REFLEX’s aim is to create an exhibition site that displays a wide range of national and international artists and their individual painting concerns. Each year 3 artists will be invited to execute a wall painting, where through this process a dialogue will be created that demonstrates the unity of architecture to wall design (painting) that can be established through each invited artists own personal intensions. The aim is not to display wall painting as decoration but wall painting as expanded painted intent.
Due to paintings expansion and limits, the wall (determined by a buildings architecture) becomes a field of open possibilities (not unlike a blank canvas) however in this field, the laneway, the street, the town, the city, and the meandering passer by all become locked into the subdivisions of colours, geometry and form that at once attempts to exploit the wall (as plane) and also tries and overcome it by expanding on its possibilities into new semi-permanent visual outcomes.
REFLEX is situated in the small city of Toowoomba, Qld. The city is situated 125km (77 miles) west of the capital, Brisbane. REFLEX is run by two practicing artists Tarn McLean and Kyle Jenkins whose practices are firmly based within methods of painting that investigate the connections between formal and informal, conceptual and visual methodologies of abstraction. They are not curators of the space and as such artists are invited on the basis that they are able to execute any work they wish. It is from this direction that the project is inexistence.