Project Space : Tartrazine
Project Space : Tartrazine


Alex Davern

Exhibition 17 January – 25 February 2018

Tartrazine is a synthetic lemon yellow azo dye primarly used as a food colouring. It is also know as E number E102, Colour Index 19140 or Yellow No. 5. Tartrazine is a commonly used colour all over the world, mainly for yellow, and can be used with Brilliant Blue FCF (E113) or Green S (E142) to produce various green shades. Like many azo dyes tartrazine is manufactured using petrochemicals as starting stock, and was formerly manufactured using chemicals derived from coal tar as the starting material. – accessed 11 January 2018

You are one with all that is. – Eckhart Tolle

Alex Davern works between minimal abstraction and the figurative. He focusses on the tensions between architectural space and the numinous. In 2012 Davern attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art, University of Tasmania in Hobart. Since this time he has been the recipient of the Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (2013), recieved a new work commission from Giant Australia (2014), been a finalist in the Glover Prize and Tidal: National Art Award (2016), and Artist in Residence at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery (2017). The artist’s work is held in various collections including: Artbank, National Gallery of Australia, Brooklyn Art Library and private collections throughout Australia. Alex Davern is represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart.

Mood Food installs levitating Dan Flavin, 2018

Pigment inkjet print on aluminium

Yellow No. 5, 2018

Tasmanian oak, plywood, LED lights, electrical components, plastic, soft drink and acrylic

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