Monday, 2 May 2016

Con-struct at the Casula Powerhouse

Glenn Locklee

The work of South West Sydney artist, Glenn Locklee, observes two societal phenomena: the increasing redundancy of small business and domestic manufacturing; and the proliferation of high-rise, high-density living as house and land ownership become increasingly unattainable.

The burgeoning demand and ease of access to imported commodities has governments and businesses scrambling to claim new expanses of riverside land for development. Such voracity has resulted in an ever-changing physical environment and a desired lifestyle of material aspiration and human disconnect.

Such issues currently threaten Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and its pristine surroundings. Locklee presents three new commissioned works that contemplate the history and architectural character of the Casula Powerhouse building and its capacity as an arts centre to recollect and respond to local stories in the rapidly growing region of South West Sydney.

Locklee’s paintings are not overtly political, nor do they carry an agenda of protest. They stand as silent witnesses to change; evocative peripheral images that conjure up subliminal memories and reflection of the industrial environments of South West Sydney where the artist grew up. This is evident not just in the subjects of these works, but also the poetic architecture and process of making these works. The sparse geometric construction and layers of tertiary colours play off against the expressionist rendering of surface and portrayal of light. The use of aluminium as a canvas - known to be a common building material - complements the surface texture, but also reveals the very material of our being.


                                                                                                        photo by Peter De Lorenzo

Sydney Morning Herald 1/07/16



Thursday, 1 August 2013

The objective of my pictures is to illustrate unremarkable scenarios, commonplace familiarities infused with a fresh perspective. With an incremental tilt of perception I try to transform these images to conjure up sensations of the intimate, melancholic or exuberant by dipping into the wells of subliminal memory. The rendering of these pieces with instinctive surface texture, tone and colour is the key to their potential for poetry. There are many great artists that I admire for their vastly encompassing vision of the social, psychological and political. Conversely my own vision keeps me in the slow burn confines of the everyday. I feel the need to engage the viewer first before attempting to hopefully compel them. Familiarities laced with a vein of heightened intent played out within the microcosm I inhabit.


1981- 86 St George TAFE Art & Post Art Certificate
Solo Shows:
1990 Chroma Aus Scapes, Menzies Hotel Wynyard.
1997 Images From The Salt Pan - James Harvey Gallery.
2002 Landscapes - James Harvey Gallery.
2005 Landscapes - James Harvey Gallery.
2016 Con~struct - Turbine Gallery Casula Powerhouse
2016 Con~struct Redux - Airspace Projects Marrickville
2017 Slot Gallery Alexandria
Group Shows:
NSW Travelling Scholarship
Bondi Pavilion
1995 Gallery Kafka
1998 Smalls, James Harvey Gallery.
1999 Animalistic, James Harvey Gallery.
2001 Top Drawer, James Harvey Gallery.
2002 Pocketsized, James Harvey Gallery.
2004 Xmas Show, James Harvey Gallery.
2007 Different Worlds - 110 Crystal St Petersham.
2007 Smalls x 9 - 110 Crystal St Petersham
2008 Smalls x 9 II - 110 Crystal St Petersham.
2009 Six Points of View - 110 Crystal St Petersham.
2009 Smalls x 9 III - 110 Crystal St Petersham
2010 Network - Ballarat Regional Gallery
2012 Exchange – Gatakers Artspace Maryborough QLD
2012 Group show Rex Livingston Gallery
2014 Places - Spot 81 Chippendale
2015 Openings - Airspace Projects Marrickville
2015 Art and the Land - Kogarah Cultural Centre
2015 Korean Cultural Centre
2016 Spot81 with Braddon Snape
2016 Twenty by Twenty - Gallery Klei
Prizes and Awards
1986 NSW Travelling Scholarship Finalist
1997 Winner contemporary Section - Joseph Banks Prize
2002 Winner Open and Painting Section - Camden Art Prize
2007 Finalist Mosman Art Prize - Mosman Art Gallery
2008 Commended for "Newtown" and "Georges River" Glebe Art Show
2008 Finalist Mosman Art Prize - Mosman Art Gallery
2009 Glebe Art Prize – finalist
2010 Waverley Art Prize – finalist
2011 Glebe Art Prize – finalist
2012 Kogarah Art Prize – finalist
2012 Winner St George Art Award 
2013 Mosman Art Prize - Mosman Art Gallery
2013 Glebe Art Prize - Commended
2014 Kogarah Art Prize – finalist
2014 St George Art Award – finalist
2016 Kogarah Art Prize – finalist
Fishers Ghost, Willoughby Prize,  etc
St George Hospital Mural
Camden Civic Centre
Hurstville City Council.

Private Collections, Japan, U.S, Australia.