Iconotropy

Robert O’Connor


BETT GALLERY

Murray Street, Hobart 7000

10 April, 2021 @5.30pm



Robert O’Connor’s paintings question ideas of authorship and originality in art with direct references to image reproduction. 

O’Connor says: “Armed with the postmodern trends of appropriation, pastiche and ironic estrangement, the works question ideas of originality and authorship while remaining engaged with painting traditions.

“Much as a magpie collects shinny things or a catfish eats shit, I collect images.  Well, perhaps I don’t collect them as much as they are thrown at me, along with opinions, everyday and mostly unsolicited.

“What I do is organise images in a way that I think makes sense, which in reality results in a mess of borrowed imagery that makes no immediate sense whatsoever.

These collected images are arranged based on compositions of old masters, removing me from any true claim of authorship.” These works self-consciously ponder the future of painting by retrenching its past.

Exhibition opening:

Friday April 10 @5.30pm

Exhibition runs:

April 10- 1 May, 2021

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