In his catalogue, the artist reveals how he's been obsessed with an essay topic set by a school headmaster some half a century ago. As a student Haynes was instructed to discuss 'all art aspires to the condition of music' but after seeing this exhibition one might consider the topic has transformed into 'all art aspires to the condition of colour'.
Here we find wall size paintings in rich hues that suggest poetic concepts and symphonic rhythms. Haynes admits an English dramatist and European composers had their influence on this collection of works, however being unfamiliar with the artist's inspiration does not lessen our enjoyment of his art. As you move around the gallery and view the works from various positions, the play of light on each exhibit's surface effects the value and intensity of the paint and alters the cadence of colours employed.
The triptych that forms The Hamlet Suite is quite spectacular as it engulfs the viewer in its array of amoeba-like 'chuppas' that, strangely enough, has us changing gait as we walk along the wall on which it hangs. The colour is explosive as it builds to a crescendo then levels off without losing impact or rhythm. Colour impact and rhythm is also appreciated in the cool greens of Primaverde and the glorious oranges of Chimera Shimmy, which when seen from a certain angle does indeed shimmer.
The Emperor's Nightingale provides a strong contrast between the dark pigment of the ground and the lighter blue and yellow form running diagonally across the surface. This form suggests the title's bird but it's not until you view the work from off centre that you notice the sheen of the dark ground colours. Suddenly the concept of the tale comes to mind; the mechanical bird, in all its glorious colour, lacks the lustre of the rather plain, living original.
Haynes also exhibits examples of his 'anamorphic' sculptures, structures that play with perception and perspective. When seen from a set point, the objects appear solid enough only to break up into multiple planes as the viewer moves off the mark. Well considered and constructed these works fascinate the eye and the mind.
Do see this exhibition and should you find yourself doing a unique dance ~ two steps forward, a tilt of the head, three steps to the side ~ don't be concerned. You are just reacting to the music of the hues.
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