Be-longing is an exhibition comprised of 5 paintings investigating the ontological correlation between Abstraction and Belonging. In 1982, AC/DC released a 12-inch single of the anthem ’For Those About To Rock (we salute you).‘ This single, lifted from...
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front cover (2012) Oil on MRMDF 12 3/8 x 12 3/8 inches part 3 of 5
Outer Sleeve Opened, (2012) Acrylic and Oil on MRMDF 24 8/4 x 12 1/4 inches part 2 of 5
Mailer (2012) Oil on MRMDF 13 1/2 x 13 3/8 inches part 1 of 5
Inner Sleeve (2012) Oil on MRMDF 12 x 12 inches Part 4 of 5
Record Single Side A (2012) Oil and Acrylic on MRMDF 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches Part 5 of 5
Be-longing is an exhibition comprised of 5 paintings investigating the ontological correlation between Abstraction and Belonging. In 1982, AC/DC released a 12-inch single of the anthem ’For Those About To Rock (we salute you).‘ This single, lifted from the full-length LP of the same name and manufactured to be experienced separately, takes a song about social connection and unintentionally amplifies isolation and disconnection. Those who are about to ’rock‘ are in fact alienated and severed from those who are already ’rocking’ (those who are singing and those encompassed in the slippery linguistic shifter known as ’We‘ in ’We Salute You‘).
Thus, your ability to connect, to belong, is restricted to the abstract domain of the imagination, an imagination that, seen from any vantage point other than yours, can often be equated to a series of illusions. These illusions therefore play a vital role in allowing you to locate your sense of belonging within a space that is private, stable, and personal as opposed to the one that is communal, emotionally contingent, and stylistically fickle, all the while posing the questions: How can you facilitate and secure a sense of belonging in that abstract space between experience and imagination? And to what extent can the attributes of painting and the conventions of abstraction provide a language for that space?
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