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May
09

Opening 3: ‘So It Goes’ exhibition by Laith McGregor at Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 6th May – 23rd May 2009

 

Opening night crowd at 'So It Goes' by Laith McGregor at Helen Gorie Gallery, Melbourne

Opening night crowd at 'So It Goes' by Laith McGregor at Helen Gorie Gallery, Melbourne

 

Opening night crowd at So It Goes by Laith McGregor at Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne with the works My kinda of Blue (red) and My kind of blue (black) behind

 

 

The opening of the night – simply spectacular!

Great crowd, great atmosphere, great work.

Winner of the Robert Jacks Drawing Prize in 2008, the artist’s work in biro and oil is outstanding. I have never seen such art made using a biro before: truly inspiring. Inventive, funny, poignant and outrageous this is a must see show. Don’t miss it!

Marcus

 

Laith McGregor. 'My kind of blue (black)' 2009

 

Laith McGregor
My kind of blue (black)
2009
Ballpoint pen on paper

 

Laith McGregor. 'My kinda of Blue (red)' 2009 (detail)

 

Laith McGregor
My kinda of Blue (red) (detail)
2009
Red and blue ballpoint on paper

 

Laith McGregor. 'Wiking' 2009

 

Laith McGregor
Wiking
2009
Biro on paper
100.5 x 66.5 cm

 

Laith McGregor. 'Puppy dancing with cougar' 2009

 

Laith McGregor
Puppy dancing with cougar
2009
Red and black ballpoint pen on paper
101.0 × 67.0 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2009
© Courtesy of the Artist and Station Gallery

 

 

“McGregor’s work blurs the boundaries between portraiture, memory and imagination. Into each picture, drawn from and nourished by his past, notions of the unconscious mind are introduced and investigated and the certainty of memory and markers are challenged and slowly unravelled. Figurative forms metamorphose into uncanny, exaggerated, and often incongruous images and arrangements. Beards are grossly elongated, hair extends seamlessly to form a tree or a cocoon that envelopes a face and a neck transforms into a weighted mound in ‘portraits’ that are at once warm, playful and pensive. ‘It’s important for me to see the imagery appear otherworldly, whimsical and strange. I want it to be amusing and serious simultaneously, for the work to push and pull between its contrasting qualities.’

In So It Goes it is his mother and father, who according to Laith ‘kinda looks like Jesus’, that are the subject of his gaze.”

Text from the Helen Gory Galerie website [Online] Cited 07/05/2009 no longer available online

 

Laith McGregor. 'Vertigo' 2009

 

Laith McGregor
Vertigo
2009
Blue and black ballpoint on paper

 

Laith McGregor. 'The Last Bastion' 2009 (detail)

 

Laith McGregor
The Last Bastion (detail)
2009
Ballpoint on paper

 

Laith McGregor. 'The Last Bastion' 2009 (detail)

 

Laith McGregor
The Last Bastion (detail)
2009
Ballpoint on paper

 

 

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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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