Allen De Carteret, From Coast to Coast
Allen de Carteret was born in Geelong and grew up on the shore of Corio Bay and the Surf Coast. He completedhis undergraduate study in Fine Art at RMIT and Preston Tec. in Melbourne followed by three years in Canberra, teaching, working and exhibiting in art galleries across NSW and Victoria. The establishment of a domestic architectural and building practice, followed a move to Sydney to complete a B.Arch.at UTS whilest continuing a studio based painting practice, exhibiting on a regular basis based in Sydney and the Central Coast of NSW.
With the desire to build upon the more reflective side of art practice, a return to RMIT to undertake the MFA and now the Masters of Art in Public Space the focus within work and research incorporates the study of art and architecture as an interdisciplinary field.
De Carteret develops art projects that engage contemporary concerns by exploring the poetic perception of inhabited space. Using found objects and material fabrication processes to compose, paintings, sculptural objects and installations in contexts that range from private, public, urban and natural landscapes.
Utalising traditional aesthetic language of line, tone, form, colour and various compositional strategies to arrange materials that both interact with their spatial context while creating a unique autonomous identity.
The Work of Art
From Coast to Coast is a large triptych painted using synthetic polymer paints onto board in the early 1980s. It is a swirl and riot of bright yellows and light blues and greys . Like many of de Carteret's works of art, this triptych is imbued with ideas and forms. The work explores texture and movement. Later works such as Temple Triptych , 2018, explores different forms and processes (for which I think Coast to Coast does the same). The intersectional circle is drawn with a circumference extending beyond the boundaries of the double square to suggest the limitations of known ordering systems, this circle is drawn in fragmented, and syncopated line to suggest a wordless, Asemic text. These ordering systems are brought into dialogue with an intuitive handmade process involving, painting, collage, analogue and digital techniques. With an emphasis on process in the design development it is envisaged that the final transformation will evolve in the translation of the design into woven tapestry, through a collaborative interaction with all processes involved.