CURRENT; LIANA GONINON "HARBINGER" ON VIEW; 7 - 22 JUNE / UPCOMING; CHICO LEONG "BEAUTIFUL CHAOS" OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY 28TH JUNE, 6PM - 8PM. ON VIEW 28 JUNE - 6 JULY./

De La Motte’s current working series is a continuation of painting practices and ideas occasioned in his recent work. Using baroque painting techniques, figurations and idols then updating them with modern synthetic materials and graphic application. However this series, rather than bringing compositions and idols from the past and updating them into the contemporary painting landscape, neo-classical painting is deployed on contemporary subjects framed with titles that echo the past, basically flipping the script. The fluorescent motif as well as being indicative of the modernist rupture of classical painting, becomes the contemporary subject itself. Taking a somewhat more conceptual approach, these paintings are interested in the idolatry of identity. The huge emphasis and importance of identity in the contemporary world is in a bind with the inability to readily define oneself, questioning what the contemporary subject looks like, and is. The fluorescent green figures are at once a vibrant excess and a total reductive flatness. While still adhering to classical composition, colour and light distribution the paintings are a site primarily for aesthetic appreciation, but also a mirror for our contemporary moment viewed through the eyes and idolatries of the past.