ambient painting

Ambient Painting (large horizontal) 2021. Photo Carl Warner

The series ‘Ambient paintings’ has parallels to the artist’s philosophical approach to sound, wherein the form of the work is intentionally open-ended and includes the process of making, conditions of making, materials of making, plus time. Manning’s first works used lenses from defunct data projectors mounted at perpendicular angles to white wall hung canvases. In the absence of images and data information, light passing through the lenses split and mixed colour across the canvas surface, becoming a passive yet kinetic mode of painting, iterative of the unrepeatable present and ambient conditions. In this way they contain, in Manning’s words, ‘the proposition of an image’. From 2019-21, larger sections of filtered glass were incorporated into wall hung canvases and in exterior architectural installations.

ambient painting, 2016- 2021. ongoing