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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. 'Frontier Psychology' (detail) 2008

 

Darren Wardle
Frontier Psychology (detail)
2008
Oil and acrylic on linen

 

 

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
Faultline (installation view)
2008
Oil and acrylic on canvas

 

Darren Wardle. “Inland Empire” 2008

 

Darren Wardle
Inland Empire
2008
Oil and acrylic on linen

 

 

Nellie Castan Gallery
12 River Street
South Yarra 3141
Phone: 03 9804 7366

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5pm

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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