Mason Kimber’s work is anchored in the inbetweenness of architecture and memory. His practice deals with the collision of experienced places – both their interiors and exteriors that are imbued with personal histories. Applying an archeological approach to painting and sculpture, Kimber creates wall-based reliefs, collages and site-specific installations through which fragments of recollection and history are embedded. During his time at the British School in Rome, Italy, his research surrounding ‘architectural memory’ allowed him to examine the fragmented structure and spatial illusion found in ancient fresco painting. For the artist, the works house the present by blending personal and collective histories together to become a form of shared archive.
For prologue, the artist presents a new performative sculptural installation composed of plaster and resin-based tablets realised using the shop front façades inside the Passage du Prado, Paris – one of the oldest arcades in the capital. The works reconfigure the way that we engage with history by listening to local stories and translating them into sculptural form. The work will be made in close communication with local shopkeepers of the arcade as an integral conceptual component, with their voices informing the composition of the installation itself. The work will evolve across time as a cumulative and processual installation – reiterating the stories and conversations documented only through the reliefs themselves. In this way, the narratives are multiple, non-linear, and ever in-process. For the artist, these works are not simple imprints or copies of architectural detail, instead they embrace the uncertainty of remembering and its role in writing the future.
Mason Kimber has been the subject of solo exhibitions in Australia including at Spring 1883, The Establishment, Sydney (2019); COMA Gallery, Sydney (2018); Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne (2018); and Galerie Pompom, Sydney (2017). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and internationally including at NAS Gallery, Sydney (2018); TRIPP Gallery, London (2017); Galerie Pompom, The Cloud, Auckland (2017); Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest Penrith (2017); and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne (2016). He has been a finalist for numerous art prizes including Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW (2019); Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery (2019); The Churchie, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, and the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, The Substation, Melbourne (2018).
Image: Mason Kimber, Husk/Draft, acrylic, synthetic polymer, gypsum, extruded polystyrene foam, resin, 59.5 x 41.5 x 6 cm, 2018. Courtesy the artist.