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CHRISTOPHE STIBIO - Mapping the Landscape at Flinders Lane Gallery

BY Flinders Lane Gallery | 10-Aug-2012
Having undertaken fine art training under the tutelage of Chinese master painters, Christophe Stibio’s resulting practice revolves around a work ethic combining patience, control and an astute awareness of time. In the past three years he has been shortlisted for the Fleurieu Landscape Prize, the Fleurieu Water Prize, the Paddington Art Prize, and twice for the Stan & Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize.
Date: 21 August - 8 September 2012
Web: http://www.flg.com.au
Christophe Stibio, Unfolding Cliffs at Watamolla - natural pigments, shredded documents and rice paper on canvas - 200 x 280cm

As part of his ongoing exploration of landscape, Christophe Stibio presents new works in his upcoming exhibition, Mapping the Landscape. Exploring a central idea of incompletion along with his last visit to the Royal National Park on NSW’s central coast, Stibio’s new series is a carefully formulated non-allegorical response to landscape. Refusing to go along with the inherited and persisting image of an alienated human presence in an excluding hostile environment, Stibio instead invites us to approach the landscape in a more open manner. The strips of shredded documents layered onto his work prompt images that keep moving, mutating and self-transforming. These paintings do not conform to any pre-existing idea of what the landscape should be. Instead they choose to render its multiplicity - not just fear-invoking magnitude, but also its fragility and intimacy.