SYDNEY – Melbourne-based painter Dane Lovett’s 2019 solo exhibition takes as its starting point an anecdotal link between Georgia O’Keefe’s 1930’s Jack-in-the-Pulpit series and Lovett’s own ongoing series of dog portraits. Poisonous if ingested, Arisaema triphyllum is lethal to pets.
This tenuous but violent link reflects a particular interest in the behavior of images in cyberspace where incongruity and free distribution allows for slippages between the iconic and the everyday, the pleasing and the gruesome, an emancipation of the image which alters the way we perceive and consume them.
The exhibition presents a series of paintings based on a small set of single images which, whilst repeated over and over, present slight differences at each iteration – for example stretched, compressed, scaled up or down. This body of new paintings extends Lovett’s interest in formal constraints and the act of repetition, a subject of an early series of works that explored the de-canonization of art historical images through sets of reiterated canonical paintings.
Dane Lovett runs from 27th July to 17th August 2019 at Sullivan + Strumpf Sydney. For more information, visit their website here