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The essayist

The essayist is an exhibition inspired by the literary form of the essay.

Benjamin Forster, Ida Lawrence, Jac Ball, Magda Stanová, Mark Hislop. Mitch Cairns, Nina Ross, Phuong Ngo, Pilar Mata Dupont

Curated by Jasmin Stephens

The essayist is an exhibition inspired by the literary form of the essay. It presents work characterised by the exacting thinking, careful observation and increasingly confessional aesthetic associated with contemporary essay writing. It is a mode of writing that has come to prominence through writers such as Maggie Nelson and Teju Cole. Against this backdrop of recent attention to first-person writing and the rise of digital readership, today’s essay making – at turns memoir, poetry, philosophy and criticism – is shaped by theoretical shifts relating to feminist, non-binary and embodied approaches to thought and feeling.

The exhibition and its works are not intended to replicate the format of the essay. Their cumulative effect might be to represent or elicit the qualities of an essay. In this exhibition, the artists are addressing a range of concerns. Their works explore private and shared cognition, sensation and allegiances across the body, language, landscape, history and family and include citations and influences drawn from disciplines such as cultural geography, environmental humanities and neuroscience. While reflecting a kind of essayistic disposition, they express different relationships to materials and to considerations of sensibility, structure and form.

Mark Hislop is represented by Wagner Contemporary, Sydney; Mitch Cairns is represented by The Commercial, Sydney; and Pilar Mata Dupont is represented by MOORE CONTEMPORARY, Perth

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When

Saturday 3 August 2019 from 2pm to 6pm
Thursday 8 August 2019 from 11am to 6pm
Friday 9 August 2019 from 11am to 6pm
Saturday 10 August 2019 from 11am to 4pm
Thursday 15 August 2019 from 11am to 6pm
Friday 16 August 2019 from 11am to 6pm
Saturday 17 August 2019 from 11am to 4pm
Thursday 22 August 2019 from 11am to 6pm
Friday 23 August 2019 from 11am to 6pm
Saturday 24 August 2019 from 11am to 4pm
Thursday 29 August 2019 from 11am to 6pm
Friday 30 August 2019 from 11am to 6pm
Saturday 31 August 2019 from 11am to 4pm

Cost

Free

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