© Justine Varga
10 October - 10 November 2012
Opening Sat 13 October 3-5pm
Justine Varga creates imagery that is minimal and sublime. Although she
uses analogue techniques and works with great control of the craft, the
results seem liberated from their medium to become more akin to abstract
paintings. The delicate and balanced compositions evidence Varga’s obvious
delight in the idiosyncrasies of light and film.
Varga often depicts anonymous and simple spaces, inner sanctums that give
pause for reflection. In Moving Out, she pays elegant homage to her art
studio, a site that gave rise to many of her works and also to one of her
first exhibitions. As with earlier images from the series Empty Studios
(2009), the emptiness of her work space is transformed with the addition of a
few bits of string, a scrap of board or a shimmer of light into a somewhat
magical and invested place.
Varga has achieved significant recognition since graduating with Honours
from the National Art School, Sydney in 2007. In 2012 she has been selected for
the prestigious Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, and will feature
in Flatlands, Art Gallery of NSW and in The Lookout:
Persuasion/Formation, National Art School. She was a finalist in the 2011
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, and has work in the collection of
Art Gallery of NSW.