‘Two Sentient Study V’ was included in Jon Cattapan’s 2019 solo show ‘The Ghosts of Analogue’, which featured a selection of his signature paintings as well as a series of newly developed 3D printed works. This suite of monochromatic 3D prints echo the grid-like clusters of people in his paintings, using a new technique invented specifically to produce this series.
I’m intrigued at how I can take a jpeg of a pre-existing work of my own and then moderate that in the computer — vectorise it — and at the other end slowly print out in this very physical way a work that is clearly a work of mine but that has an extra dimension to it: this very shallow relief. It is a set of markings that have become a set of undulations, of miniature terrains, of contours.
Cattapan is one of Australia’s most recognisable and well-respected painters, receiving awards such as the Bulgari Art Award and commissions including the Australian War Memorial’s 63rd Official war artist. He was deployed to Timor Leste, where he explored Night Vision technology as an aesthetic tool in his paintings. His major retrospective ‘The Drowned World’ was held at the Ian Potter Museum of Art and he was the Director of the Victorian College of the Arts until 2019. His works can be found in the collections of all Australian State museums and many regional galleries including the National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.