03 Paul Bai

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016 – Finalist


[Image courtesy of the artist]

Paul Bai | Between Me and the World (No.12) | 2016 | acrylic on wood and stretched canvas | 111.5 x 120 x 4 cm

Artist Statement

This work intends to demonstrate a third option beyond the physical and conceptual spatial dualisms within painting practice. As the paint passes through the attached frame and canvas support, the painting space is integrated with the immediate space in front of the canvas, a spatial context that is open and external to the monochrome painting. Hence, the physical and conceptual representations of the painted space are juxtaposed with a third spatial instance, which is indeterminate and temporal. The title of the work suggests the tentative gap between the often dialectically interpreted world and one’s independent existence, in this instance the space between viewer and the painting.