In Derek Culley’s Mama Told Me Not To Come, abstractions come to life as we watch the animated construction, step-by-step, of a complex image created on an iPad. Vibrant colours and forms are laid over each other, obscured and reshaped, creating new sparks of compositional possibility. Culley’s abstract panel, created is as amusing to the imagination as it is carefully choreographed into space. A whole vocabulary of symbols interacts,creating a chaotic scene of individual marks and biomorphic shapes that appear to wrestle with one another in a healthy attempt to cease control of the works centre. The title of the work Mamma Told Me Not To Come is a reference to the allure and danger of a fast paced life. As with Culley’s other works of the series, the work is an enlivening scene, in which a complexity of forms reach for the edges of the panel as though the soundtrack song has encouraged everything to move to the music.
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