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The Retreat To Representation

6 September – 26 October 2012

Gallery 2

The Retreat to Representation is a new series of oil paintings by Gian Manik investigating his ongoing interest in philosophical concepts regarding representation. Each of the works in the exhibition explores the language of the mirror as both symbol and object, considering its ability to generate greater conceptual networks.

Manik’s painting possesses a thick, gestural quality that highlights the unique, properties and functions of the mirror. The works are produced through a number of processes, including the manipulation and documentation of reflective fabrics, and the translation of these onto a linen surface utilising paint. The resulting paintings provide the audience with an opportunity to consider both the nature of representation and self-portraiture.

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