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Jan & Otis: In Conversation

Jan Winton & Otis Tamasauskas

A dialogue in paint and print, exploring the dynamics, intricacies and intimate details layered in the works of these two powerful artistic forces.

Artist Statements

Jan Winton

Talking about practice and process in the context of this exhibition I would say Otis and I both have our own interests, influences and sources that that sometimes overlap. We each have a preoccupation with source and technique and how those play out in our work. We often discuss materials and technical issues and share an enthusiasm for things that one another might be particularly engaged with. As printmakers we both understand how layering and use of layers affects interpretation, and how appropriated photographic elements can be treated to create meaning or establish context.
I am personally drawn to art that talks about its own making. For me, a work might not be complete until I find the right balance between incomplete and partially complete elements. I work to keep things deliberately unfinished. I work in a subtractive manner; starting with objects or subject matter that is recognizable but that I need to only refer to obliquely, if at all, to refer to a state or condition.
Artists, know that ideas and meanings often grow and multiply within the work itself while its being made. I particularly like to see how treatments of paint can elucidate the ideas within a piece. Life is made up of so many elements that juxtaposing them will always lead to interesting interpretations for both the artist and the viewer. Perhaps it’s within these that meaning is found.

Otis Tamasauskas

“Images are more than ideas, they are cloisters or a vortex of ideas fused by energy” Ezra Pound
At the present, I am fascinated with the print press and the overlaying of colour. I experiment with simple materials such as paper and ink.
My choice of materials are dictated not only by their physical properties, but also by their symbolic associations.
I do enjoy the idea that certain materials are more profound than words, even while perceiving that words can reinforce visual and conceptual associations.
In the end, I guess I feel one thing is certain... my wanting to make printed images.