December 17th, 2022.

3:00pm – 5:00pm 

EXHIBITION DATES:   December 17th, 2022 – January 31st, 2023

TWFINEART’s unique exhibition ‘Strange Attractor’ has been created by Australian artist Briony Barr in-situation in the gallery over a three-month residency.

Each painting has evolved from a real-time investigation and visual response to the movements and sounds of different figures including musicians Hannah Reardon Smith (flute), Flora Wong (violin), Lisa Tran Kelly (harp), dancer-choreographer Jake McLarnon and artist Tove Langridge. 

Strange Attractor will open on Saturday December 17th and feature an artist talk as well as a live drawing-sound performance by Briony, presented in collaboration with flautist Hannah Reardon Smith, Lisa Tran Kelly (harp) and dancer Jake McLarnon. Audiences are invited to witness the three improvise together and gain an insight into the creative process which has been the starting point for most of the works in the show.


Drawing is fundamental to Briony's practice and the medium through which she explores her interest in systems and the effect of limitations (rules) and boundaries on a creative process. Here, Briony moves drawing into the realm of painting, playing with scale, material and medium to blur the line between the two disciplines. These works are both drawing and painting simultaneously. They experiment with different ways of responding to a figure in action (playing music, dancing or painting) as a generative starting point.

Some of the pieces have been completed in real-time with the subject present in the gallery. Others use this interaction as a structure to be worked into, developed or abstracted further.

On the title of the exhibition, Briony explains:

“ ‘Strange Attractor’ is a term used in the study of dynamic systems. It refers to a state, pattern or behaviour towards which a mathematically chaotic system trends. I came across the term some time ago through my ongoing art-science project ‘Drawing on Complexity (with physicist Andrew Melatos).

In the context of this exhibition, I think of this term in relation to the synergy/attraction between artist and subject and the huge range of variables that may or may not be incorporated into a painting before we begin collaborating. As the creative exchange occurs, I often think of the artwork as a system which begins to take on a shape or ‘trends’ in a certain aesthetic direction. This direction then becomes the baseline mood or architecture of the piece, something that I keep returning to throughout the whole creative process.”


Strange Attractor