19 March 2009 - 25 April 2009

Gordon Bennett, John Citizen, Gordon Bennett, Retro (Home Decor) Aboriginal Art/ John Citizen, Interiors


For this new body of work, Gordon Bennett's ongoing pop-art inspired alter ego, John Citizen, presents a series of domestic interior scenes which provide a familiar setting for Bennett's accompanying works of floating painted faces on solid black backgrounds.
Bennett's provocative faces previously appeared in his 1997 series, Home décor (Preston + de Stijl = Citizen). Appropriations of Margaret Preston's stylised "Aboriginal" figures of the 1920's, these consciously emotive faces reappear, this time crowding Bennett's canvases and asserting their presence.
Citizen's ikea-esk domestic spaces oozing with comfort and ease are interrupted by the presence of these same caricatures, superficially whimsical though laden with stereotype; it is the history of these motifs, their origins, and their purpose, which taunts us.
This current series of paintings sees Gordon Bennett and John Citizen intertwine and successfully fuse the political and confrontational with the familiar and humorous. Cleverly imbued in contents from his earlier works and hence earlier appropriations and representations, Bennett's audience is invited to both negotiate his repelling juxtapositions, and to relish in the interconnectedness for which Bennett's oeuvre is celebrated.

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Gordon Bennett/ John Citizen press release March 2009 (PDF)

Artwork from exhibition by Gordon Bennett, John Citizen,

Interior (Grey Coffee Table)

acrylic on linen
152 x 152cm