Minimal with intent

Luke Hancock is trying to be a man of few words by not explaining the meaning behind his work; they just are. In his latest exhibition, Open Field, at designroom, Hancock aims to simplify things.

"These paintings are not necessarily ‘about' anything," he explains. "They are instinctive; working with the materials. They are direct, raw and open; I am trying to simplify things."

A poem accompanies his work:

The rules are always broken,

held together by threads of the past;

You take this thing for yourself,

and the meaning walks away;

I give you a thing,

and it changes you forever;

There is an open field,

but it is a very narrow way.

Open Field, Luke Hancock, designroom, Palmer & Palmer, 14 Nile St West, to July 4.

The Nelson Mail