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‘Josey Kidd Crowe: Dragnet Gambit’ at Neon Parc, Melbourne

Neon Parc is currently presenting a solo exhibition by Josey Kidd-Crowe, “Dragnet Gambit,” on view through December 15, 2018.

For the exhibition Kidd-Crowe has produced a series of large-scale canvas and linen assemblages which bear a constant sense of repression of reality, revealing a tight zone of tension rife with mystical and historic imagery.

“Within the stylistic codes of Kidd-Crowe’s works, one discovers exercises in making aspiring to a trans-historical station of painting that is beyond contemporaneity and imbued with a quasi-spiritualist pagan ambiance. Painting, deconstructing, and then reassembling oil on fabric, Kidd-Crowe’s new works render a memory of images made up of different layers of time, which appears to waver between disappearance and reminiscence… the material base of this new suite of work stems from the artist sourcing canvas and fabrics from flea markets in Portugal, Lithuania and Tbilisi, where he currently lives and works…Kidd-Crowe’s works distance themselves from the assumption that they are representations of something beyond themselves. But they also distance themselves from a presumptive inwardness and remain, instead, in a state of approximation that is reflected in repeated attempts to identify something, to locate itself and the ‘other’. His works, therefore, appear driven by questions of reorientation and refocusing, inscription in the possibilities of presentation and seeing, and of discovery,” says the gallery.

Josey Kidd-Crowe completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at La Trobe University, Bendigo in 2009 and has been exhibiting in Australia since 2006. His recent solo exhibitions and projects include: Droll, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, 2018; Dog-Legged Stair, Punk Cafe, Melbourne, 2017; …the thought an oyster has…, Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne, 2016; as a weasel sucks eggs, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, 2016; Stupor Hiatus, Neon Parc, 2015. Group exhibitions include Centre for Style’s Atrophy Ampitheatre exhibit in Lurid Beauty, National Gallery of Victoria, 2015, Melbourne; A Sinking Feeling, Punk Cafe, Melbourne, 2015; Casual Conversations, Minerva, Melbourne, 2015; and Sifting Through Plastic Gods, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne 2013. His work is held in public and private collections and he is a former resident studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary.

The exhibition is on view through December 15, 2018, at Neon Parc, 1/53 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000, Australia.

For details visit: https://neonparc.com.au/

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.


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