Born Brisbane 1960; lives and works in Brisbane
Eugene Carchesio collects the images that emerge from the subconscious. Since the early 1980s he has built a solid reputation producing small scale watercolours and minute sculpture. Carchesio's works fuse plays with geometric patterns and figurative symbolism. Through his subtle images Carchesio attempts to create an ontological space emptied of the clutter of everyday life, in which imagery from the subconscious can emerge. His considered placement of interlocking shapes alludes to the science of mathematics and highlights his interest in the purity of shapes and geometry. There is a distinct emphasis on process in Carchesio's intimate works, this becomes manifest through the visible inconsistencies and variations of pigment application that can be observed in his works.
Carchesio has held numerous exhibitions at Sutton Gallery, including: Stars ignite between the death of mountains in 2011, On Nothing (with Masato Takasaka) in 2010, and Interplanetary light transmission drawings (volume 2) in 2009.
Other selected solo exhibitions include: Someone's Universe: The Art of Eugene Carchesio, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2008; everything takes time takes everything, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2006; New Work, Church Gallery, Perth, 2002; Lift Project, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2001; and Gelber, MUSIK BERLIN, 1997. He was also the Australian Representative at the 10th Indian Triennale of Art, New Delhi, in 2001.
Carchesio's work is held in major museums and collections throughout Australia. He has also been curated into many important exhibitions both in Australia and internationally, including: Negotiating This World: Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne, 2012; TarraWarra Biennial 2012: Sonic Spheres, TarraWarra, Healesville, Victoria; Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art, Performance Space, Sydney, 2011; Roundabout, Wellington Art Gallery, New Zealand, 2010; Paint(H)ing, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 2010; Hybrid & Folklore, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2010; Cubism and Australian Art, Heide Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2009; 21:000:100, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2008; Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2003; Contemporary Drawing, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Centre, New York, 2002; Phenomena, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2001; 9th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1992; Medium Density: Contemporary Australian Drawings and Photographs, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 1992; and Strangers in Paradise, Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, 1992.
matchboxes, watercolour on paper, collage
5.5 x 114cm