Erämaa showcases large-scale abstract paintings that immerse the viewer within a destabilising perceptual field. The work captures both the nearness of the screensaver and the distant memory of the natural world; this is Gough’s interpretation of what the experience of ‘wilderness’ might mean today. Materiality, visuality, photography and the relation between painting and experience are the cornerstone of Gough’s painting. Working with a limited palette, he makes his own paint so as to have control over the viscosity and intensity of experience. Working through the limits of the material and its handling is analogous for Gough to the ‘wilderness’ state, where no known foothold in meaning or known pathways can be discovered and therefore must be worked out in the passage of the painting. The link visually through the limits of visual technology (the lens flare, the chemical burn of film/photo paper) ask important questions about how our perception is constructed and informed.
Jane Hayes Greenwood, Rob Bell, Tom Groves