Jon Cattapan’s ‘Double Red Study’ spreads a network of white staccato brush strokes across two panels of linen canvas, one red and one orange, etching out a landscape and a variegated meeting point between two people. The oppositional colouring of the panels suggests an incognizant divide between the subjects, drawing the viewer into an asymmetrical passageway that resists cohesion, placing us in a threshold state that sits between solid and porous. Perhaps this is truer to the world we live in today; hyperconnected but also intensely dislocated.
Cattapan’s works can be found in the collections of all Australian State museums and many regional galleries including the National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Gallery of Modern Art/Queensland Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. His work is also held in major private and corporate collections.