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Ralph Hobbs: The Canary in the Cage

A beautifully puzzling incoherence pervades Ralph Hobbs’ solo exhibition The Canary in the Cage at Galerie pompom. There is an undeniable and unrestrained exuberance to a body of work that seems a series of brightly fleeting thoughts, delicately flickering illumination on some grander, hidden theme.

Each of the small paintings pack a condensed and poignant lyricism. In the larger work, there is a meandering ebb and flow that blurs the line between comprehensibly figurative and chaotically abstract. His birds are gentle and graceful focal points of natural beauty. His figures are a haunting recollection of a time long past. His found objects explode across the wall like a deconstructed Joseph Cornell assemblage sculpture. This feels like a disembodied dream of ancient statues and discarded objects, peopled by vivid birds.

Except from Jonathan Dalton’s exhibition essay, ‘THE CANARY IN THE COALMINE’



Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11am to 5pm
Sundays, 1pm to 5pm

Sunday 3 March to Sunday 17 March 2019



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