“Infinity plus one” is child’s taunt, a paradox, and a mathematical term (in the field of ordinal and surreal numbers). It is also a playful analogy for what Angela Brennan does with paint. For the permutations of abstraction are infinite. They go on and on, but not necessarily in a circular direction. Brennan submits to the endless possibilities of the genre in an intuitive way. Her shapes and colours are not prescribed or precise, but spontaneous, layered and blurred. Circles are squarish and squares appear rounded. Patterns emerge across the compositions but nothing is ever exactly repeated. Instead Brennan navigates the infinite incarnations of abstraction with emotion as her compass, producing canvases that exhibit astonishing stylistic variety.
Press release courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.