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Mar
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Leon Hawker (Melbourne): Reinterpretations. March 4th to 16th.

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Melbourne artist Leon Hawker, who took part in Monstrosity’s inspiring 2010 Woolloomooloo Festival on Wheels, returns once more with a solo exhibition of his latest works.
Through reproduction, repetition and careful arrangement, Hawker turns ordinary found objects into works of beauty that are more than the sum of their parts. His obsessive compositions bring the texture and line of our backgrounds to the foreground.

Hawker’s interest in tantric drawing, where a simple shape is filled with the artist’s freeform wanderings, is here updated for the age of reproduction. Particularly influential are the works from the 2005 “Field of Colour” exhibition at the Drawing Room in New York, which brought together traditional tantric drawings from the Northeastern Indian state of Rajasthan. These drawings were originally published in textbooks and used as meditative aids. Through exaggerated scale, Hawker’s repeated “tools of use” assume an almost monumental significance, while the intricate detail and the intensely laborious and mechanical production of these works bring about a meditative trance which is echoed in their viewing.

Opening Friday 4 March at 6pm, sponsored by Ascella Pure Organic Wines.

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