1 JULY – 28 JULY


Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Malcolm Koch’s paintings explore the distinctive visual language he calls Membrane Art — a practice of allowing the surface geometry to play a part in creating distinctive expression and unfolding events. Recent recognition of the quality of his work includes his painting ‘MA#41’ which was highly commended in last year’s prestigious Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. He was also invited to exhibit in the RiAus FutureSpace Gallery during last year’s SALA festival.


‘What started out as an investigation to find an authentic aesthetic manifestation of our natural world, has materialised into something more concrete’, says Malcolm.


The initial proposition was to fold, or undulate, a loose canvas (take it off the frame) and paint on it – then compress the depth by stretching the canvas back onto the frame (flat picture plane). The undulating membrane would provide a re-enactment of nature (containing multidimensional values). Something akin to the geology over glacial time frames that has determined configurations of landscape. The flat plane generates the human visual experience, a visual metaphor for how we perceive.


The discovery of this working practice allowed him to transform the geometry of the canvas in its unstretched form to the stretched. Furthermore, he realised that he didn’t just have to solely use the effects of gravity. With varying degrees of manipulation he could apply marks that either control paint flow, allow cuts to be made, or scrapings to form, or whatever action one chooses to apply, to create a distinctive and controlled expression that has grown to become a discernible aesthetic language. It is work of this nature that will be shown on display.