Paintings about Techno
An electric art installation (“complex and dynamic paintings are built from blocks of vivid colour woven into vibrant arrangements…” ) by Sam Songailo.
Notes about the artist and his work (by Matt Huppatz):
[...] When I saw Paintings about Techno, a door opened into Sam’s work. It took on dimensions beyond the carefully constructed surface of colour and line. Sam’s paintings shifted from safe and contained and flat on the wall, to pulsating and rhythmic entities in my mind’s eye. They unfolded, expanding shards of light and colour radiating into my neck, my chest, my arms and legs. I was on a dance floor, enveloped in the brilliant white of strobe on smoke and radiant streams of colour from disco lights. Sonic waves radiated from speakers, reverberating through space, attuning everything and everyone to one vibrating, resonant unity. Paint became light, colour became sound, and pattern became temple. The fact is I knew these spaces; I’d been on these trips.
The futuristic and Utopian tendencies of techno philosophy have interesting precursors in the writings of early twentieth century abstractionists. This is a particularly intriguing period in the history of painting. The passionate manifestos of the early abstractionists are striking in their assured and reckless embrace of technological and artistic change. The Futurist, Suprematist and Rayonist movements, despite their now unfashionable politics, provide us with some of art history’s most impassioned pleas for the recognition of the critical importance of new art to society. There are also clear parallels between the rapid pace of industrial, economic and social change in the West during that period and current global shifts precipitated by environmental, technological and economic changes. It’ s interesting to consider Sam’s practice in relation to some of these writers, not to suggest that his work mirrors or continues theirs, but simply to locate his practice in a continuum of practices concerned with similar formal and conceptual issues.
Photo of Sam Songailo.
1. Woodburn, Jen. "About Sam Sangailo," Published in Australian Art Collector ed. #52. 2010. Link via Sweet Station