Midnight Drone Lullaby

Steven Asquith

15 February - 8 March 2014

Steven Asquith’s latest body of work embraces the contradictions of an optimistic apocalypse in response to recent global socio-economic and political events and our post-internet, 24-hour news cycle society. This dissonance is evoked by a contrast between clean lines and the rougher touch of an imprecisely wielded can of spray paint. Brushstroke interventions and grid systems are used to articulate the reckoning of contemporary issues of surveillance, drone strikes, environmental degradation and economic regression. Asquith’s gestures are decisive, precise in their chaos and inexact in their measurements, colourfully hopeful in their visions of doom.
Asquith’s Midnight Drone Lullaby continues with his abstracted exploration of the contemporary interplay between technology and society, and the primordial brutality that lurks beneath these human endeavours. Within his gestural works lay the everyday misfires that characterise any activity; the little mistakes and accidents, the rough practical outcomes of refined theoretical ideals. Devoid of figures these works bring the viewer into abstract environments, generating space for the contemplation of individual standpoints. Free of political leanings they merely hold a mirror to the viewer’s own joys and horrors amidst the impact and influence of new technologies and global perspectives.
Asquith completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT in 2000. Solo exhibitions include ghosts of the thrill, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2011; Storm Concepts, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2010; New Paintings, Don’t Come, Melbourne, 2009; Steven Asquith, The Ship Gallery, London, 2005; and Experiencing Technical Difficulties, RMIT First Site Gallery, Melbourne, 1999. Selected group exhibitions includeSUB12, The Substation, Melbourne, 2012; Detours through abstraction, curated by Alex Baker, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne, 2011; Freehand: recent Australian drawing, curated by Linda Michael, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2010-11; Cut ‘N’ Paste, Peleton, Sydney, 2007; Pretty Little Things, The Ship Gallery, London, 2003; and First Site, Sahara, 1998. Asquith was the recipient of an Australia Council Exchange to New York in 2000 and has lived and worked in New York and London, including a position at Gagosian Gallery from 2001 to 2007. He established The Ship Gallery, an artist-run space, in London with Dick Evans in 2003, and was one of the Founding Directors of Block Projects, Melbourne.