Welcome back- New Hours + First shows for 2017
Beginning in Gallery One, Danish Quapoor examines the relationship between alternate ideas and belief systems in Cognitive Dissonance. Via a series of intricately drawn illustrations, Quapoor seeks to relay the mental discomfort elicited by the ‘complications and contradictions within relationships, religion, morality, sexuality and politics.’
In contrast to Quapoor, Christopher Sheils’ series of photographic works examine the nature of reality versus our perception of it. Taking place in Gallery Two, Time is an illusion. Entropy is real reflects upon the dislocation that exists between what is real and that which we interpret to be real. Through these works, Shiels seeks to extend the traditional capacity of the camera lens, acknowledging that perception is as varied as it is subjective.
Via an assemblage of colour and patterned order, Allen de Carteret’s latest exhibition Thresholds, Footprints unites seemingly disparate visual references to reflect landscapes both universal and local. Found in Gallery Three, paintings of geometric forms aligned to grid like structures reminiscent of topographic views from above, seek to celebrate the ‘visual musicality of the landscape.’
Following this, Chantelle Ferri explores the relationship between the ‘conscious and unconscious mind’ in Midnight Fantasy. On show in Gallery Four, these soft yet intoxicatingly saturated works appear as remnants of places either dreamt or imagined. Drawn from the vivid landscapes of Wilson’s Promontory in Victoria, Ferri’s painted environments offer a sense of escapism and fantasy in our everyday lives.
Concluding with the work of Matthew Ducza, Seven Deadly Sins – Seven Heavenly Virtues is a thematic exhibition inspired by its namesake. For Ducza, the well-known list of human emotional frailties ‘offers significant potential to produce diverse visual stimuli,’ as opposed to the traditional depiction of religious dogma. Influenced by the visual vocabulary of Heronymous Bosch, Ducza presents each sin and virtue in what is a playful take on traditional imagery.
All exhibitions will be open from 3- 26 February.