Madeleine Preston, Intolerable Leisure, 2018. Glazed and underglazed terracotta and porcelain, dimensions variable. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie pompom, Sydney.

Excerpt from Stella Rosa McDonald’s exhibition essay ‘The City That Swallowed the World’:

‘Intolerable Leisure’ is based upon the city of Paris as the artist remembers it. In this iteration of the city its inhabitants and their decadent patrician and migrant histories mingle in the unconscious mind. Encased in memory, the city of Paris heaves with things: patisserie windows offering impossibly sweet glazed cakes and perfect golden breads; a Ferris wheel in a park buzzing with sparrows, avenues of Chestnut trees set in perfect perspective, manicured gardens of headless queens, stone plinths, marble pillars, gilded streetlights. Museum after museum, some with water lilies and great stones, and others with human heads. Such care is taken in all of its display.

Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Wednesday 25 July 2018
Exhibition closes: 19 August 2018
Location: Galerie pompom, 2/27-39 Abercrombie St Chippendale NSW
Phone: + 61 430 318 438


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