• The essayist

    3 to 31 August 2019

The essayist
Benjamin Forster, Ida Lawrence, Jac Ball, Magda Stanová, Mark Hislop. Mitch Cairns, Nina Ross, Phuong Ngo, Pilar Mata Dupont
Curated by Jasmin Stephens
 
Opening Saturday 3 August at 2pm
Opening remarks by writer Astrid Lorange

Exhibition dates 3 to 31 August 2019
 
The essayist is an exhibition inspired by the literary form of the essay. It presents work characterised by the exacting thinking, careful observation and increasingly confessional aesthetic associated with contemporary essay writing. It is a mode of writing that has come to prominence through writers such as Maggie Nelson and Teju Cole. Against this backdrop of recent attention to first-person writing and the rise of digital readership, today’s essay making – at turns memoir, poetry, philosophy and criticism – is shaped by theoretical shifts relating to feminist, non-binary and embodied approaches to thought and feeling.

Sydney, Artwork at The Cross Art Projects

The exhibition and its works are not intended to replicate the format of the essay. Their cumulative effect might be to represent or elicit the qualities of an essay. In this exhibition, the artists are addressing a range of concerns. Their works explore private and shared cognition, sensation and allegiances across the body, language, landscape, history and family and include citations and influences drawn from disciplines such as cultural geography, environmental humanities and neuroscience. While reflecting a kind of essayistic disposition, they express different relationships to materials and to considerations of sensibility, structure and form.

Mark Hislop is represented by Wagner Contemporary, Sydney; Mitch Cairns is represented by The Commercial, Sydney; and Pilar Mata Dupont is represented by MOORE CONTEMPORARY, Perth

Sydney, Artwork at The Cross Art Projects

Mitch Cairns, First Names, 2018, oil on linen, framed, 85 x 74 x 5 cm, Courtesy The Commercial, Sydney, photo: Alex Kiers/The Commercial

The Essayist, Art Exhibition at The Cross Art Projects

Pilar Mata Dupont, The Madman is a Dreamer Awake #1, 2013-15, glicée print, 80 x 120 cm, edition of five, Courtesy MOORE CONTEMPORARY, Perth

Sydney, Artwork at The Cross Art Projects

Magda Stanová, from the series Algorithms in Art, 2015-19, The phantom could represent an artist, and the detectives, people who visit his/her shows., ink, acrylic, and inkjet print on paper, 35 x 53 cm, 2019

The Essayist, Art Exhibition at The Cross Art Projects

Ida Lawrence, Idris, 2018, detail, acrylic on canvas, 138 x 108 cm

Sydney, Artwork at The Cross Art Projects

Phuong Ngo, Saigon Notre Dame Basilica, found postcard from The Vietnam Archive Project, 2010-ongoing

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Nina Ross, That takes Balls, 2019, video still

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Benjamin Forster, Romances, 2019, infinite edition of unique romance novels, 13 x 20 cm, variable page count

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Mark Hislop, My punctuation is my breath, 2019, detail, graphite on paper, framed, five of 13 drawings, 23 x 30 cm each, Courtesy Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

Sydney, Artwork at The Cross Art Projects

Jac Ball, installation view The Cross Art Projects, 2019, various sizes, inkjet prints on rag paper

The Essayist, Art Exhibition at The Cross Art Projects

Magda Stanová, from the series Algorithms in Art, 2015-19
The new becomes ordinary. The complex becomes simple. Every cliché was once an original thought., ink and acrylic on paper, 35 x 53 cm, 2019

Sydney, Artwork at The Cross Art Projects

The essayist opening, photos: Alex Mitchell

The Essayist, Art Exhibition at The Cross Art Projects

Sydney, Artwork at The Cross Art Projects

The Essayist, Art Exhibition at The Cross Art Projects

Sydney, Artwork at The Cross Art Projects

The Essayist, Art Exhibition at The Cross Art Projects

Sydney, Artwork at The Cross Art Projects

The Essayist, Art Exhibition at The Cross Art Projects

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