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The Essayist

BY The Cross Art Projects | 30-Jul-2019
Benjamin Forster, Ida Lawrence, Jac Ball, Magda Stanová, Mark Hislop. Mitch Cairns, Nina Ross, Phuong Ngo, Pilar Mata Dupont. Curated by Jasmin Stephens.
Venue: The Cross Art Projects
Address: 8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross 2011
Date: Exhibition dates 3 to 31 August 2019
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The Essayist
Pilar Mata Dupont, The Madman is a Dreamer Awake #1, 2013-15, glicée print, 80 x 120 cm, edition of five, Courtesy MOORE CONTEMPORARY, Perth
The essayist is an exhibition inspired by the literary form of the essay. It presents work characterised by the exacting thinking, careful observation and increasingly confessional aesthetic associated with contemporary essay writing. It is a mode of writing that has come to prominence through writers such as Maggie Nelson and Teju Cole. Against this backdrop of recent attention to first-person writing and the rise of digital readership, today’s essay making – at turns memoir, poetry, philosophy and criticism – is shaped by theoretical shifts relating to feminist, non-binary and embodied approaches to thought and feeling.

The exhibition and its works are not intended to replicate the format of the essay. Their cumulative effect might be to represent or elicit the qualities of an essay. In this exhibition, the artists are addressing a range of concerns. Their works explore private and shared cognition, sensation and allegiances across the body, language, landscape, history and family and include citations and influences drawn from disciplines such as cultural geography, environmental humanities and neuroscience. While reflecting a kind of essayistic disposition, they express different relationships to materials and to considerations of sensibility, structure and form.

Mark Hislop is represented by Wagner Contemporary, Sydney; Mitch Cairns is represented by The Commercial, Sydney; and Pilar Mata Dupont is represented by MOORE CONTEMPORARY, Perth

Opening Saturday 3 August at 2pm
Opening remarks by writer Astrid Lorange
Exhibition dates 3 to 31 August 2019