Next Occurrence : Sat 3rd Sep 2022
Mark Feary and Patrice Sharkey
Fresh Hell is informed by Ryan Presley’s own Catholic upbringing and experience, having been baptised in a desert township; Alice Springs. Large-scale oil paintings are detailed and layered with meaning, often referencing the canon of Western religious works that span from the Icon schools, Middle Ages, Renaissance periods through to the current day. These historical referents are, however, re-interpreted by casting young Aboriginal people as the key protagonists in recent pasts and foreseeable futures.
‘Fresh hell’ is a sardonic term used to describe when things go from bad to worse very quickly and inexplicably. Over the last ten years Presley has built a reputation for re-appraising difficult histories and, in the context of this new body of work, the exhibition title tells us something of the admonition the artist wishes to make against the ongoing treatment of Aboriginal people in this country.
Following the premiere of Fresh Hell at ACE Open, the exhibition will be presented at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, in early 2023.
Ryan Presley: Fresh Hell is a co-commission by ACE Open, Adelaide, and Gertrude, Melbourne.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
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