COMA is pleased to participate in Melbourne Art Fair 2022 and present a solo exhibition of new work by Jack Lanagan Dunbar at booth G1, on view through 17 February – 20 February, 2022.
The works shown here document the artist’s crawl back from the brink of abstraction. Here he continues his pursuit of the vignette. Symbols and images are reemerging in Jack Lanagan Dunbar’s practice. They provide handholds, grips for the audience. They are the result of many things converging; moments taken from sketchbooks, memories recorded as notes, research material and discoveries made on his journey through the burgeoning virtual arm of his practice. All these things were added to the cauldron and each work emerged from the bubbling mess a distinct conjuring all of its own.
Someway off in the bush. Fragmented, stainedglass dragonfly wings. A spray of tiny frogs as you take a step. Deep blue yabbie caught in the torchlight at night. Shimmering water. Scrawls and paint markings from sketchbooks. In the bottom left an image of a fresco of a garden from The House of Ephebe at Pompeii.
Three oranges on a warped plate hovering above a computer rendering of a hacked and clawed at piece of digital clay. Instead, potentially, a triple-yoke egg with garnish (fried Sage?) albeit still astride a tortured, virtual relief carving…
Rendering of a virtual relief carving. A set of energetic exercises in mark making. Overlaid with a subtly smattering of paw prints. A cat most likely. In Zara’s garage studio next door the very same prints are memorialised in the concrete floor. When it was wet a small explorer entered from where the front double doors now stand and traced the perimeter of the slab; along the lefthand side up to the very end, across the back and down and out along the righthand side. If the garage were a ship; starboard, aft, port then forward.
Jack Lanagan Dunbar’s (b. 1988) work spans many disciplines from photography through printing, sculpture, drawing, painting, sound and digital. His themes are eclectic though often explore the tension between materiality and time with an eye on history, whimsy, archaeology, the classical, Romantisicm, humour and tragedy.
Jack Lanagan Dunbar has shown extensively in Australia and abroad, held positions at the University of Technology, Sydney, and University of New South Wales, was the recipient of the 2019 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and the 2016 Redlands Art Prize (emerging artist). He received funding from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust in 2019 to under- take a residency in the Canary Islands. Throughout 2020-2021 he lived and worked in Leipzig and Berlin, Germany. In mid-2022 he will undertake a residency at the Cité d’Arts, Paris.