Ariel Hassan: Making all things equal - Art Collector

Ariel Hassan, OIKONOMIA #9, 2016, 30 digital prints on etching paper, 20 x 28 cm, edition of 10 + 2AP. Courtesy the artist and GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

Freedom, liberty, equality, power, desire, authority, oppression and submission ground Hassan’s new GAG exhibition. OIKONOMIA, a series of 30 works —the impetus of which started as a response to Goya’s Caprichos— is formed from the defacement of photographic documentation of extreme sexual practices, absorbed in an abstract fluid system of painting to reveal unexpected images. Monstrous formations emerge as a result, out of the integral accident and our thirst for exposure and consumption — relationship occurring between total abstraction and rationality. Showing concurrently, REVERSAL OF CONTINGENCY INTO NECESSITY is a large scale projection, a landscape devoid of human presence, a space outside our jurisdiction. The image is split in two perspective sections that fly away from each other, the structure acts as a proposition of opposite, possibilities of the same event - nihilism and morality, contingency and necessity - separating the two planes are individual capital letters that systematically appear; if put together they form a passage from the Adjustment of Controversies by Zhuangzi.

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Wednesday 26 October 2016
Exhibition closes: 27 November 2016
Location: GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery, 39 Rundle Street, Kent Town SA 5067
Contact: 08 8362 6354
Email: gag@greenaway.com.au

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