Running Interference is a new collection of minimalist sculptural works by Brisbane-based artist Daniel Templeman. The exhibition is Templeman’s first solo show as a part of the Sullivan + Strumpf stable, and incorporates a set of free-standing and low-relief pieces. Templeman’s work provokes engagement through movement – soft, sweeping gestures and neat overlapping lines reveal in-between spaces often left unexplored.
Templeman is responsible for a number of large-scale public works in Queensland. Confluence is a compressed scrawl of plate aluminium and concrete outside the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court. At the border of Queensland and New South Wales, Templeman’s tower of twisting red rectangles is designed to echo the experience of border crossing. “I have done quite a lot of public art projects,” he explains. “Having work within the gallery means operating on quite a different scale. You can exploit materiality here a little more than in the public realm.”
In Running Interference, Templeman’s sculptures act as subtly interfering propositions – each exposing a gap or some unseen space, suggesting the existence of invisible structures. Templeman stalls his viewer, inviting them to consider some new possibility. Rejoin comes together as a pair of large, white-washed American oak rings leaning gently into one another, resting against only empty space. For Ice Fishing, white diamonds travel cross ways along the wall, creating soft openings in a geometric pattern.
“I’m interested in the viewer having an impression about something, or an assumption about the work,” he says. “Then, by actually stalling and spending a little bit more time with it, those assumptions might be contradicted or reinforced.”
Running Interference will show at Sullivan + Strumpf until July 5.
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