Art: Christian Lock's 'Blackflag' at ACE Open

Photos by Dave Court
Words by Lauren Abineri

Blackflag, by Adelaide-established pusher-and-puller of paint Christian Lock, opened up at the newly formed arts org(an), ACE Open - an amalgamation of the CACSA and AEAF, a strong new body in the Adelaide arts ecology.  

Lock's painting practice takes us to big places, using large-scale paintings that are sometimes membranous, biomorphic or geometric. This new work takes on the form of stoic, matte, giant black paintings. Canvas, resin, fibreglass and textural patches undulate on the surface. As we walk into the gallery, the opposite wall is a yellow fog, from ceiling to floor, hazing and grazing onto the floor and curling around the back wall. Slumped over fence-like structures are more cloths dipped in black, feeling like remnants of an event.

Stoic and dynamic, Blackflag sees Lock consolidating the personal and the political. A welcoming resonance to return to in the old AEAF site, with ACE Open arms.

Blackflag is on at ACE Open (old AEAF site) until April 22
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm