Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Sydney NSW
23 September – 15 October 2022
Chris Bond was selected for his work Maldoror, 2021, oil on linen, paper, 40 x 25 x 3cm
I first picked up the controversial proto-surrealist novel Maldoror at the suggestion of a teacher more than twenty years ago. Reading it felt forbidden and potentially dangerous, and I remember feeling uncertain as to whether I should relish or be repulsed by its lurid and grotesque subject matter. Having recently returned to the novel, I can’t help but see a younger version of myself reflected in mirror, with a skin now cracked and stained, a tremulous hand cautiously lifting the lid of the coffin, equally appalled and attracted to the evil of the human condition.
-Chris Bond, 2022
Jo Plank was selected for her work ‘I Don’t Need You I Want You I Choose You, 2021, Ink on Archival Paper, 79 x 59.5cm
This artwork represents a time in the artists’ life when intense feelings needed wrangling. Feelings of unrequited love, of simply being in love. A poetic glimpse into an otherwise private moment. The finite properties of the paper, despite its vast scale, serves as a boundary to what might otherwise feel infinite. Repetition allows for a meditative form of closure. A chance to move on. Laying bare the residue of personal trauma she stumbles across the act of letting go. She invites you to feel privy to something very personal. A beautiful poignant and intense moment in the artists’ life.
-Jo Plank, 2022