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The Feeling of Things, Jane Bustin at Fox/Jensen Sydney and Art Basel Hong Kong

In Art Basel, Art Basel Hong Kong, Jane Bustin, Uncategorized on 23/03/2019 at 7:06 pm



To hold a thing, whether with our hand or our gaze is to capture a feeling, giving meaning to the object, not the subject. – Jane Bustin 2019

Ezra Pound said that “glance is the enemy of vision” and whilst I am disinclined to argue with his insights and though, in essence I agree with his sentiment, I am not convinced all glances ought to be judged equally.

There is something in the fugitive glance that may reveal a greater truth, a visual veracity that is assembled through glimpses, each with a different complexion, made at a different moment, felt in a different way, seen with differing consciousness.

Jane Bustin’s paintings seem to encourage us to “glance”. Their composition, their material range, their attention to edge, their use of reflective materials such as copper and aluminium lends perception a contingency that resists static vision. These glances do not signal inattention, rather they invite a heightened if unconscious sensitivity and ultimately, contemplation.

French poet Francis Ponge, whose works have “stirred” Jane Bustin’s and whose elevation of the simple objects in our world – a plant, a shell, soap – revealed the hidden relationship between the inner life of human beings and the world of objects.

Bustin’s works take their titles from early 20th century modernist literature and poetry – Djuna Barnes, Jean Rhys as well as Ponge, – “a sensory language rather than a dictatorial narrative”.


Jean – sleep it off lady, Jane Bustin, 2019, wood, acrylic, copper, silk, beetroot 51 x 43 cm

Poet Robert Bly wrote of Ponge “It is as if the object itself, a stump or an orange, has links with the human psyche, and the unconscious provides material it would not give if asked directly. The unconscious passes into the object and returns.”
This exchange between the unconscious and the object feels to me to be at the heart of Bustin’s exquisite works. Her modestly scaled paintings feel as if they were assembled from a constellation of modest materials but whose conflation creates new unimagined sensations and feelings.

Bustin suggests that “the surfaces experience a range of intimate handling techniques, sanding, brushing, dying, burning, ironing, masking, stroking, dripping … over a period of time the experience between the maker and the material is co-dependent creating a history of conversations, considerations, mistakes and solutions.”

For Ponge, all objects “yearn to express themselves, and they mutely await the coming of the word so that they may reveal the hidden depths of their being,” Clearly for Bustin all materials yearn to express themselves too. Rather than waiting for the “word” Bustin adjusts and aligns matter directly, announcing new perceptions.

Bustin’s feeling for material is highly nuanced. In The Feeling of Things there are unexpected and beautiful juxtapositions of colour and surface, dualities of hard and soft, reflective and absorbent, face and flank, are resolved within a pliable geometry that allows her to explore matter and its interrelationship in the way that a scientist might were they in search of poetry via empiricism.

Jane Bustin will be present for her exhibition which opens at Fox/Jensen Sydney on Saturday the 6th of April in Sydney. Jane will also be showing with Fox Jensen at Art Basel Hong Kong.


Young Mother, Jane Bustin, 2018, anodised aluminium, wood, acrylic 56 x 39 cm


Fox Jensen

Jane Bustin


Cacophony – artist sound works from Daata Editions at MOUart, Beijing

In Art Basel Hong Kong, Beijing, Cacophony, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Gallery Weekend, MOUart, Sound, Uncategorized on 18/03/2017 at 8:37 am



A playlist selection of Artist Sound on Daata Editions. Trailer

Artists: Larry Achiampong, Sofie Alsbo, Thora Dolven Balke, Jake Chapman, Matt Copson, Graham Dolphin, Tracey Emin, Leo Gabin, Joachim Koester & Stefan A. Pedersen, Lina Lapelyte, Rashaad Newsome, Hannah Perry, Ariana Reines, John Skoog, Stephen Vitiello.

Curated by David Gryn.

A collaboration between http://mouart.com & http://daata-editions.com

MOUart: Zone B, 798 Originality Square, No.2, Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, 100015 info@mouart.com 008610 5762 6056 http://mouart.com

MOUart Gallery Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MOUartGallery/

MOUart press release

Daata and MOUart have collaborated for this exhibition, introducing overseas artists, offering a new way to collect and experience these digital artworks. This is the first time Daata has a physical representation of artworks from its online platform in mainland China.

At a time of an ever-moving technological evolution – it is vital to make sure that there are platforms for artists who maximise and utilise digital mediums. The presentation of Daata Sound works in Cacophony is curated by David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions.

Full playlist of artworks
Larry Achiampong – The Beginning (19 Degrees), 2016
Sofie Alsbo – THE DONUT SHOP: Rainbow Sprinkle, 2016
Thora Dolven Balke – YD1, 2016
Jake Chapman – POODLES, 2016
Matt Copson – Booty Call, 2015
Graham Dolphin – You Changed Your Default Ringtone For Me, 2016
Tracey Emin – Just Let Me Love You, 2016
Leo Gabin – Surfer Ho Remix, 2015
Joachim Koester & Stefan A. Pedersen – Bamboo Grove (Dub Version), 2016
Lina Lapelyte – Hunky Bluff ACT4 – My soul you are, 2015
Rashaad Newsome – Banji In Da Basement, 2016
Hannah Perry – too loud and too wavy (limazulu), 2015
Ariana Reines – VULGARIS AERAE – 30 Mar 2016, 2016
John Skoog – Chanel, 2016
Stephen Vitiello – The Waves (after Virginia Woolf), 2015


Image: Leo Gabin – Surfer Ho Remix, 2015