Julian Hooper

Left: Mother and Daughter 2010 acrylic on paper 76 x 56cm; Right: First Date 2010 acrylic on paper 76 x 56cm

THIS EXHIBITION of paintings and works on paper by acclaimed New Zealand artist Julian Hooper, presents figures made up of incongruous elements like fish tails and fruit, reminiscent of Arcimboldo. Titled Golden Solvent, this is Julian Hooper’s second solo show at Gallery 9.
Curator Victoria Lynn writes: “Hooper has compared them with figures from fashion magazines, but the absurdity of their attire transforms them from an everyday location or identity into their own universe. These unexpected combinations recall the discordant practices of surrealism and dadaism, but Hooper’s work is not so absurdist. The artist’s oeuvre has been characterised by this process of finding links between seemingly unfamiliar territories.”

Exhibition: 23 June – 17 July
Opening: Wednesday 23 June 6 – 8 pm
Gallery 9, 9 Darley Street, Darlinghurst

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