REVIEW | Rashe ‘Vectorized Reality’ at Lanes End Gallery

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It’s December 2016 and it’s been quite a year to say the least. Iconic musicians have fallen, a combover have won a presidency and ebola already seems like a myth, but with all the bad that goes on, we must always move toward the future and calculate the good. Technology seems to be a shining light in this silver lining, as it evidently smoothes over the cracks we seem to be creating in our lives. And while digital reliance may be in the not so distant future, a human touch will always outweigh the artificial. Being the creators of the digital landscape, our realities have wholeheartedly influenced the form and structure of this augmented space. But due to high consumption, these vectorised visions have also influenced us in return. Whether it be through our daily routines or the art we consume, we calculate life a lot differently then a decade ago. Art is no different, as screens have now become canvases, helping the art world splinter into finer subsections. For his second show of the year, Melbourne-based artist, Rashe, presents a precisely painted exhibition – amounting in a multi-layered display, brimming with primitive skill – challenging the most rendered graphic enhancers.

Spreading itself across more than a dozen pieces, Vectorized Reality is a much smaller display, compared to Digital Dilemma from earlier this year, but for what it lacks in size, is outweighed by its execution. Expertly layered across a number of techniques, these paintings and sculptures show a noticeable improvement, since the French artists last showing. Scaling his work back to a truly minimal affair, these scattered strokes are matched by supporting data clashes throughout. Everything has been put together with detailed precision, from the colour choices, flow and execution, allowing the overall theme of the show – to shine. As the definition of art changes from one decade to the next, some would be fooled in thinking all the work here, was created in Vector itself, but it’s soft edges and unmeasured curves tell a different story. Much like the hum of a vinyl record, an artists line work tells a richer story, compared to a carbon copy and this small show is a fitting example of why. Integrated advances in technology have made the production of art easier than ever before, but as technology influences visual expression, an artists strengths will always lie within their ability to be ahead of the manufactured.

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Vectorized Reality was open for one night only, so it has unfortunately closed.

More information on the artworks, Rashe and Lanes End below.

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