Art Edit’s exhibition experts take a closer look at these five artists’ work.
Matthew McAlpine, Department of Denial (Stirling). Acrylic, fluorescent pigment, sand, binder and cast acrylic paint on canvas, 101 x 202cm. Photo: Susie Blatchford. Courtesy: the artist.
Gallery Manager and Co-curator, Boom Gallery, Melbourne
Matthew McAlpine seeks to acknowledge the detrimental impacts of colonialism through the examination and appropriation of patriotic emblems and practices still rife in today’s climate. An inherently complex yet important focus for his work, McAlpine’s approach is both sensitive and quietly subversive. At first glance, ‘Department of Denial (Stirling)’ speaks to me as a new and improved national flag. On closer inspection, the impression of a gilded frame and lettering appears. McAlpine employs subtlety, asking the viewer to think deeply about their own role in these systems of oppression.
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Gallery Director, Saint Cloche, Sydney
There is a distinct line between the darkness and the bold fluorescent red in McAlpine’s ‘Department of Denial (Stirling)’, perhaps indicating the inequality of these divisions as a reflection of racial lines. The flashes of yellow on both sides of the work indicate the push and pull of the process of human evolution, as well as the nature of rule and the ongoing fight for freedom. Yet there is also a calm imbued by the delicate textures of the medium across the canvas, which could perhaps be seen as a yearning for peaceful coexistence.
https://artedit.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/JIM-ONE.jpeg573573Maddy Mathesonhttps://artedit.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/AE29-web-logo-copy.jpgMaddy Matheson2021-09-06 13:46:552021-09-06 13:49:39Gallery Panel: JIM ONE