The Virtuous Spray

Reid Bedlington

12 Nov 2015 to 22 Nov 2015

The Virtuous Spray is an installation of paintings which mimic an altar piece through a series of shrines. Each piece is a devotion to an ultimate state, be it religious, sexual or emotional bliss. It is ambiguous whether it is pain or pleasure present in the works, whether the figures are martyrs or deities, or overwhelmed mortals. The work might make us uncomfortable, or it may be a window into a beautiful state. The space will regardless ask it's visitors to indulge in the baroque inspired excess of jewels, colours and painted figures. The gallery becomes a place of vivid contemplation of experiential life.

Artist's statement
Image: Gourd Shrine, 2015, oil, acrylic and rhinestones on board, 42 x 30 cm