17 May - 12 June 2019
Dani McKenzie’s practice stems from an interest in the history and culture of vernacular photography, and how this history might be reassessed through contemporary painting. Working specifically from analogue photographs that depict the rituals of suburban life and typical family vacations, the works presented in Strange Paradise question how we relate to the photographs we make of ourselves, and how these kind of images open up a space between what we remember and what was.
Eliza Gosse’s paintings depict Australian Suburbia. Gosse comes to her painting from a background of architecture. Turning to a style of architecture from the post war period - The International Style - Gosse’s paintings use flat planes of colour, clean geometric forms, and play off utopian architectural ideals with a nostalgic inflection. For Strange Paradise Eliza Gosse presents her series ‘Apartment blocks I’ve seen and the cars underneath them.’
Antoinette Barbouttis is a graduate of both NAS and NIDA. Her work is primarily comprised of highly detailed charcoal portraits. Between productions, she renders portraits of her friends and colleagues from the theatre. The drawings show the relationships between theatre and portraiture, this is heightened by the conscious use of chiaroscuro, often naturally occurring in the lighting states of theatre and seldom in day-to-day life.