rastorfer
lorraine

The movement of fabric in the wind is the most surface of meanings in the work of abstract painter Lorraine Rastorfer. With painstaking exactness Rastorfer has found a way to work paint so that it spreads across a canvas like a draught. The large graphic canvases seem like snapshots of textiles caught in motion. Rastorfer's paintings are an exploration of linearity in disarray.

In an intensely physical painterly gesture each painting is combed into shape, requiring a full bodily sweeping action. Like Jackson Pollock she works with the performative element and the viscosity of paint.

There is a definite process of application layers and then movement layers. Each painting is suggestible to ideas of unraveling meters of decaying shawls, or old matting, or ancient wedding trains. They are worn and dissolving, fibres breaking from wear and tear, broken strands... threads within threads giving way.

In Rastorfer's works there is a corresponding cognitive surge as the viewer is pulled into the play between the tangible and the intangible. In this painterly territory the notion of cohesion is building itself up and unravelling itself in an ever-unfolding visual incident.

 

WANDERLUST

23 June - 11 July 2015

Rastorfer holds her first Auckland show that comes on the back of her Pataka, TOI Gallery retrospective. Her paintings seem to create a network of natural or artificial fibres often subject to movement as if being affected by the wind.

Brevity, 2013. Acrylic on panel. 1200 x 1200mm

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Elixer, 2009. Acrylic on panel. 1500 x 1200mm

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Tanzen, 2008. Acrylic and pearlescent pigment on panel, 1200 x 1800mm

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Obsidian, 2015. Acrylic and pearlescent pigment on wood panel, 1100 x 980mm

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Flora, 2012. Acrylic on panel, 1500 x 1200mm

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Mosque, 2007. Acrylic on wood, 1800 x 1200mm

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Pursuit, 2013. Acrylic on panel, 1130 x 960mm

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Salzburg, 2007. Acrylic on board, 1200 x 1200mm

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Schokolade, 2008. Acrylic and pearlescent pigment on panel, 1800 x 1200mm

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Sluice, 2011. Acrylic and pearlescent pigment on panel, 1610 x 1000mm

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The Fates I, 2009-10. Acrylic and pearlescent pigment on panel, 1000 x 1600mm

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The Fates III, 2009-10. Acrylic and pearlescent pigment on panel, 1000 x 1600mm

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107 cm