16/09/2022 - 30/10/2022
New Work - Painting
Paul P. - Vespertilians
The exhibition takes its title from Paul P. ‘s watercolour works that depict envisioned scenes of bats in flight. A recurrent motif within his landscapes since the early 2000’s, employed as an indirect representation of transience and desire.
The vespertilian landscapes are shown alongside oil paintings depicting intimately cropped portraits of male subjects, projecting ambiguous glances from semi-abstract settings. The portraits are appropriated from gay erotic material published from the 1960s to the early 80s, a microcosm of time bracketed by the beginning of gay liberation and the HIV/AIDS crisis.
Rather than existing as a direct representation of these figures, the works appear as subtle allegories expressing a feeling or impulse of their queer symbology that reflects aestheticism, the transience of youth and the recurrence of cultural tragedy.