Owen sets himself obstacles, doesn't take the easy option; found materials and photographs force new inventions and counter-narratives. Objects attach themselves to the surface or hang precariously outside the frame.
These new collages present themselves not as a step away from abstraction, accidents from the actual world providing a resolution of the urge to mimesis, but rather propose a further dissolution of the image and an extension of the act of interpretation. The gesture, the impulse towards gesture is extended to include the materials of its manifestation, the surfaces of re-claimed vinyl, or plasterboard bringing their own modes of expression - semi-transparent or opaque. The printing process is now one of revelation and abandonment, not just reproduction,
The surface is questioned, the origins of picture-making re-rehearsed. Glue becomes paint, the photograph canvas and collage dis-assembles itself.
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