23
Nov
08

Opening: Darren Wardle ‘Soft Target’ at Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 7th November – 29th November 2008

Opening: Friday November 7th 2008

 

 

Darren Wardle (Australian, b. 1969) 'Frontier Psychology' 2008

 

Darren Wardle (Australian, b. 1969)
Frontier Psychology
2008
Oil and acrylic on linen
153cm x 274cm
Private collection

 

 

Six luminous oil and acrylic paintings by Darren Wardle greeted viewers in the front gallery at Nellie Castan in South Yarra. In his apocalyptic fractured pop coloured landscapes objects elide, disintegrate and vanish into thin air. Buildings, empty screens and advertising hoardings become the target of lost innocence, a metaphor for the dis-ease and disintegration of consumer society, a portent of things to come.

The titles of the paintings (such as Tipping Point, Faultline and Slanted) perfectly describe the conceptual themes explored in the work. Slinks of dripping paint pour down the canvas, canvases are cut in three through the use of fractured planes like a double exposure in photography and vegetation becomes purple and white, mutated and x-rayed. Some of the paint almost has a crystalline nature to it’s surface, a ‘surface tension’ that contrasts with flat gradated areas of colour in the backgrounds, as though the world is solidifying, cracking and about to fall apart.

An excellent show that is well hung: so many exhibitions have too many objects, too much noise crowding the walls. Here the work is given space to breathe and live and looks all the better for it. Highly recommended.

Dr Marcus Bunyan

 

Darren Wardle. 'Faultline' 2008

 

Darren Wardle (Australian, b. 1969)
Faultline (installation view)
2008
Oil and acrylic on canvas

 

Darren Wardle (Australian, b. 1969) 'Faultline' 2008

 

Darren Wardle (Australian, b. 1969)
Faultline
2008
Oil and acrylic on canvas
153cm x 274cm
Private collection

 

Darren Wardle (Australian, b. 1969) 'Inland Empire' 2008

 

Darren Wardle (Australian, b. 1969)
Inland Empire
2008
Oil and acrylic on linen
183cm x 167cm
Private collection

 

 

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, an art and cultural memory archive, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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