Building from his previous work, Retreat, Sueme continues his ongoing consideration for shape and colour, explored through hard-edged, yet painterly compositions. Refined to simplistic curves and formations, his work resists identifiable reference, allowing the viewer to consider a subject beyond context or representation. Indebted to 20th century abstraction and modernist design, Sueme brings equal attention to both process and form.
In this series, Sueme draws inspiration from notions of repetition, cataloging, and methods of study - described by the artist as assignments or homework. Prior to painting, the artist investigates composition through the use of cut paper and overhead projection, exposing positive and negative gestures. These early exercises in spatial study inform the direction of the work, establishing a baseline for engagement. As form and colour are composed, we experience their interactions as moments of playful conversation, where elements vibrate with one another and settle in harmony. Each composition exercises balance that is heightened by the range of scale and distribution, where objects are in a constant flux yet in sync. Homework, as a new departure, aims to consider painting as a means of self directed study. By separating out the parts to a whole, we observe how elements communicate through an active visual language.