Artist Patrick Dagg presents his second solo show this year as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival. ‘Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste’ is a collection of new paintings by Dagg that express the joy often overlooked in the small things in life. We chatted to Dagg to hear about the new series.
How has your work developed since your last show?
I knew after Crash Paintings that I wanted to have another solo show this year, as there were still many ideas I wanted to explore. I wanted to create a stronger sense of space in this body of work, allowing the colourful forms to breathe a bit more. The last show was drawing on a very raw spirit relating to a car crash, which I feel is evident in the work. This show is more considered and flowing, it reflects upon the last few years in a more mature light. The compositions and colour palette are more subtle, whilst maintaining at times the frenetic energy the last show had.
Where did you find inspiration this time around?
This show is about taking back one’s youth, to accept the past and to move forward in whichever direction you want to go. I spent the majority of my twenties grieving the death of my father, living a fairly unhealthy, misdirected lifestyle. With my car crash it pushed me to decide what I wanted to do, and that was paint. So in a sense this show is about celebration and enjoyment, moving through stagnant paralysis into a flourishing new world. I’m glad the show is opening in spring, as this works with the pictures and ideas within the show.
What new techniques have you developed?
Painting this work has been a great joy and frustration as improvising ideas sometimes bears fruit and other times does not. I have consciously used less colours and more brushes, moving away from the ‘one brush’ painting. I have chosen to paint more work in a portrait rather than landscape dimension, working vertically rather than horizontally. I’m not sure why this is, I kind of just go with the momentum of the show – it works itself out.
Do you have a favourite?
Well that’s always hard, but ‘How To Be A Charlatan’ was the first out of the gate in this new show and really captures the spirit of it, so I’ll have to say that one.
Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste opens 3-5pm, Sunday September 23 at Artsite Gallery, 155-157 Salisbury Rd, Camperdown.