Joshua Charadia: 'Recent Views'


Mr Minty’s is proud to present Joshua Charadia’s new body of work, "Recent Views".

"Recent Views" is the next iteration in his ongoing Peripheral View series. Charadia has received much deserved attention from the art world of late, being selected as a finalist for both the AGNSW’s Sulman Prize, 2020 and the Dobell Prize, 2021 for works from his Peripheral View series.
Peripheral View 76, 2021, oil on board, 70 x 90cm

Speaking with Charadia about this presentation of new paintings he revealed, “In these new works, I have extended my exploration of colour by referencing images taken between dusk and nightfall. An anonymous shipping yard, the subject of my continuing project, is veiled by a sombre, diffused light, revealing a decisively darker, more subdued colour palette.”

“This tonal and chromatic shift gives the work a heightened sense of mystery and secrecy, echoing the mysterious character of the shipping containers themselves. As night falls and the world comes to rest, they relentlessly come and go, their content and intent subject to the clandestine machinations of industry,” he says.
Peripheral View 69, 2021,
oil on board, 50 x 50cm
Peripheral View 73, 2021,
oil on board, 30 x 30cm

Charadia works from photographs take in passing, using his considered process of painting to translate these seemingly mundane ephemeral moments. “I afford time to these fleeting images of shipping containers and terminals, and make visible what can often go unseen. Ubiquitous yet overlooked, these objects play a vital role in the complex processes of industry that allow us to sustain our lifestyles. The invitation is to reconsider our passive perceptions of the world, and momentarily shift focus to that which occupies our peripheral vision,” he laments.

Charadia continues, “The serial nature of my practice reveals the potentially infinite compositions formed by containers in wait. Transient in nature, these arrangements last only a short time before being rearranged into new compositions in new locations. Working from photographs allows me to arrest a moment in time and capture the complexity of detail and form hidden within these fugitive images.”

(Main image - Peripheral View 68, 2021, oil on board, 70 x 90cm)