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1 July — 5 August, 2017 Opening: 1 July, 4-6 PM “I Always New You Were The Shape” Guy Benfield

Press Release:

Essay by Rebecca Holborn (pdf)

Brilliant Magenta, Tasman Blue, Intense Viridian, Jaune Brilliant, Naples Yellow Reddish, Light Cinnaber Green, Celadon Green Pale, Dioxin Mauve. Domestic pale magentas and blue violets. Stilts slip over pink and abstract foliage, which creeps around them. A hypnagogic nickelodeon, which is an unconscious space, reordered into a conscious space. Made up of motifs constructed as figural abstractions, a montage of imagery and indexical forms shift towards an aesthetic of cartoon abstraction. The cartoon is used as a language to express more serious concerns, but under the ruse of diplomatic physics, a common symbolic order, and a re-knitting of retro-romanticisms …

Documentation:

“Her“, 2017, oil and oil-stick on canvas, 198 × 168 cm

“I Always New You Were The Shape”, installation view, Minerva, Sydney, 1 July — 5 August, 2017

“I Always New You Were The Shape”, installation view, Minerva, Sydney, 1 July — 5 August, 2017

“I Always New You Were The Shape”, installation view, Minerva, Sydney, 1 July — 5 August, 2017

“I Always New You Were The Shape”, installation view, Minerva, Sydney, 1 July — 5 August, 2017

“Dinah’s Club“, 2017, oil and oil-stick on canvas, 198 × 168 cm

“I Always New You Were The Shape”, installation view, Minerva, Sydney, 1 July — 5 August, 2017

“Illiac Passion“, 2017, oil and oil-stick on canvas, 198 × 168 cm

“I Always New You Were The Shape”, installation view, Minerva, Sydney, 1 July — 5 August, 2017

“Commerce and Loss“, 2017, oil and oil-stick on canvas, 198 × 168 cm

“I Always New You Were The Shape”, installation view, Minerva, Sydney, 1 July — 5 August, 2017

“Peach Venetian“, 2017, oil and oil-stick on canvas, 198 × 168 cm