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This new suite of paintings was developed specifically for a solo presentation of the artist’s work as part of this year’s edition of Spring 1883 at the Hotel Windsor. For this series, Manik has stitched together personal memories with imagery we might expect to find in a generic hotel environment, alongside scenarios depicting transient moments that often occur within them.
Manik’s referential language maintains a fundamental connection to derided or “low-brow” sources from popular and visual culture such as graffiti, google image searches or YouTube clips. In this body of work, the artist deploys the formulaic tropes of hotel art with artistic intentionality, challenging conventional ideas of authenticity, circulation, and so-called high/low modes of production.
Selected solo exhibitions:
Paintings, Sutton Gallery, 2019 , National Trust, Courthouse Gallery, Port Headland, 2018; Internal Audit, The Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne, 2018; Ventilation and Natural Light, Artereal, Sydney, 2015; First Outside, Inside Last, Caves, Melbourne, 2015; Foils Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2014, Big Recorder, ALASKA Projects, Sydney, 2013.
Selected group exhibitions:
The drawing is just not there, Westspace, Melbourne, 2018; Painting, More Painting, ACCA, Melbourne; 2016, Farewell to Function, Gian Manik and Koji Ryui, Twenty Thirty Seven, Sydney, 2015; Y3K Biennale, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Fresh Paint, Sutton Project Space, Melbourne, 2012.
To make these three paintings, I asked a florist to create three arrangements relating to the emotion/experience of celebration, love and sympathy. I wanted to use the type of subject matter you might expect to see in hotel art to create really charged compositions that unpack pointy ideas around life and death.
I painted this portrait of my friend Jonnine following a conversation we had about travel and transitory spaces like hotels and green rooms that act as somewhere to rest or prepare. The photograph I worked from was taken backstage at the concert of a band I sometimes do stage design for. The colours seem cliché, but the green room was actually green, and so was Jonnine’s Issey Miyake outfit. The scene felt dynamic but somehow restful.