Christopher Zanko will have an exclusive online exhibition for one week only!
4th - 11th September 2018
Online catalogue and purchases will be available from 10am Wednesday 4th September by calling us on 02 4268 4885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Santoro is in assemblage mode in these paintings, where events, people, found images and vernacular architecture are pulled into his world. It is a way of reining in the transitory and the social. He brings together an uneasy alliance of characters to filter and process an accretion of imagery and happening. There are strange illusions of depth perception, where a couple of Gucci art stars with octopus arms and tiny hands reach for martinis on a precariously positioned trolley. A red balloon hovers in an unknowable space behind them. Deeper still lies the cosmos through an arched window. There are also the gaps between people and things awkwardly cohabiting: Vogue editor Anna Wintour and an old Quake4 gaming poster; the moon emoji grinning in proximity to two moustachioed men in argyle sweaters. 3MOT1ON1 explores a more progressive fragmentation of the relationship between painting and frame. This breakdown is further achieved through work appearing on the back of clothing and with sculptures like Kerry personifying the paintings. This is Nick Santoro’s second solo exhibition at The Egg & Dart.
Aaron Fell-Fracasso, whose paintings have reached wall-scale monumentality, operates with a mix of deliberation and chance. In the show Methods, he has loaded colour along studio-made implements, dragging across the painting to build a language of marks. An idiosyncratic shape might repeat and be referenced at a different scale elsewhere. Fell-Fracasso’s earlier collage strategies are employed here but with more performative risk as they are enacted directly onto the painting. Methods presents a battle between completion and the open possibilities of non-objective painting. There is a vitality here suggestive of painting as an endless project. Each work renders a collection of moves momentarily paused that might then turn, fold and enmesh again into the painting field. It’s this uncertainty and dynamism that keeps the work rich and open-ended.
Opening night Friday 8th June, 6-8pm.