Gertrude is pleased to present Melbourne-based artist Ann Debono’s solo exhibition Sieve See in the Gertrude Glasshouse space. Known for her meticulous consideration of image-based culture and its translation to a painterly context, Debono’s new body of work both shifts her established methods of production and also resolves these as a series of foundational gestures that reflect the core principles of looking, parsing, reframing and depicting which sit at the heart of her practice. Like Debono’s work to date, these new paintings deepen her examination of the frictions between vision and contemporary experience. The works consider what it means to see the world and desire its reproduction – and what is displaced as well as gained in this process.
A sieve captures and loses in the act of sifting. I think imaging, including painting and photography, has this paradoxical condition of both capturing and losing its depicted contents. For this body of work, I have been sifting back through my heaped collection of photographs taken on walks and journeys which feed my painting practice. Many photos have malingered in my studio filled with aesthetic promise but resistant to being configured into my typical collage-like compositions. In turning to these remainder photos, I either concluded that they were sufficient and complete already or that they were failures. In both cases, I have painted them for this body of work.
Ann Debono is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.
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