Ariel Hassan: Making All Things Equal

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Greenaway Art Gallery says
ARIEL HASSAN
MAKING ALL THINGS EQUAL
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Opening Wednesday 26 October 6 - 8pm
39 Rundle Street (down laneway)
Kent Town SA 5067
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Exhibition ends
27 November 2016

“The irremediable antagonism between desire and the excesses of permission seems to support those prophets like André Breton who, toward the end of his life, feared that by revealing and permitting all, we might end up depriving desire of its force.” J-C. Guillebaud

Freedom, liberty, equality, power, desire, authority, oppression and submission ground Hassan’s new GAG exhibition. OIKONOMIA, a series of 30 works —the impetus of which started as a response to Goya’s Caprichos— is formed from the defacement of photographic documentation of extreme sexual practices, absorbed in an abstract fluid system of painting to reveal unexpected images. Monstrous formations emerge as a result, out of the integral accident and our thirst for exposure and consumption — relationship occurring between total abstraction and rationality. Showing concurrently, REVERSAL OF CONTINGENCY INTO NECESSITY is a large scale projection, a landscape devoid of human presence, a space outside our jurisdiction. The image is split in two perspective sections that fly away from each other. the structure acts as a proposition of opposite, possibilities of the same event - nihilism and morality, contingency and necessity - separating the two planes are individual capital letters that systematically appear; if put together they form a passage from the Adjustment of Controversies by Zhuangzi.

Ariel Hassan b.1977. He has held solo exhibitions in Australia, Spain, Singapore and China. Group exhibitions include Personal Structures (Venice Biennale) (2015), Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2012); Project Space (Art Stage Singapore) (2010); SA Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, China (2010); Primavera ‘08, MCA, Sydney (2008). Collections include Artbank, NSW, Australia; French National Collection; Shandong Provincial Government Collection, China; Veolia Collection; Wesfarmers Collection; Art Gallery of South Australia; National Gallery of Australia.

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event image: Ariel Hassan, OIKONOMIA #9, 2016, 30 digital prints on etching paper, 20 x 28 cm, edition of 10 + 2AP
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By: Greenaway Art Gallery