18 JAN - 26 FEB 2017
WHISPER

NICK DRIDAN, HARLEY MANIFOLD & SHAUN TAN


Harley Manifold,  From a Distance  2016, Oil on belgian linen, 87 x 153cm

Harley Manifold,  From a Distance  2016, Oil on belgian linen, 87 x 153cm

Nick Dridan,  The Straw Dog  2016 Watercolour on paper, 54 x 74cm

Nick Dridan, 
The Straw Dog  2016
Watercolour on paper, 54 x 74cm

Shaun Tan Albion St Blue 2016, Oil on board

Shaun Tan
Albion St Blue 2016, Oil on board

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The works in Whisper are images of solitude in a variety of settings and moods, but safely free of the anguished self-estrangement that modernism has produced in its struggle to reinvent the project of spirituality. Even a figure as apparently alienated as Manifold’s Mister Boxie, eternally lost to himself with a box on his head, has retained a peaceful, almost whimsical, acceptance of the world.

  The solitude in these works is a subdued sort of isolation. Whether in familiar territory on the family farm (Dridan) or on solitary walks in various cities of the world (Tan) or disappearing into a reflected selfie in the toilet at the top floor of the Sofitel (Manifold), this sort of solitude is not necessarily lonely or barren. There is no existential striving or mystical surrender in these works; no heroic stances against an indifferent world. These scenes are personal and honest and deeply felt. There is very little opposition in them.

 In many of these works, in slightly different ways for each artist, there is a sense of abandonment, a feeling that something has just happened (or perhaps failed to happen). The scene feels suddenly vacated, emptied somehow but leaving an afterglow of meaning. These are pictures of so many in-between moments, so much suspended time, liminal worlds of twilight and receding horizons.

There is a simple, contained sense of time and place in each of them. Each reveals a small aspect of how much can be communicated in silence, and how much can be shared in solitude.

- Stephen Pigott, The Lost Ones

 An artists' talk and panel discussion will be hosted at The Lost Ones Gallery on Saturday 11 February 2017 from 2pm to 4pm.

 

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