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IRENE HANENBERGH

ARGYLE DREAMING (1863)

Irene Hanenbergh reflects on geographies – recognisable, symbolic, visionary or otherwise possible environs, drawing from long standing influences such as Baroque, Romanticism, the Fantasy genre and the Sublime. Hanenbergh applies wispy and intricate layers of oil paint resultant in an undefined tremor between the real and the vaster supra-real (ideal) world. There's a shift in the scale of these works; intimate, meditative and internal 'scapes' are interwoven with personal mythologies – a kind of layering of worlds suggesting hybridity and miniscule fracture. Dark and light wrestle to uncover entangled forests, imposing mountains, idyllic lakes and streams, yet barely hint at figuration. Hanenbergh is interested in a sublime aesthetic that is classically nihilistic and melancholic. The work alludes to ominous situations, but does not reveal them.

Chalk Horse
Lower Ground 171 William Street
Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia
18 Jun - 4 July, 2015
Opening Thu 18 June 2015, 6-8pm


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