Julian Hooper: exhibition – Metalepsy 2012

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13 June – 14 July 2012

Metalepsy is the eagerly anticipated third solo exhibition of New Zealand based painter Julian Hooper at Gallery 9.

For this exhibition Hooper has intentionally approached his work without predicted outcomes in mind, borrowing from the literary concept of metalepsis, also referred to as frame-breaking, whereby the narrator abandons this role to interact directly with characters and the plot. Hoopers’ works, although commenced with his typical imagery have evolved throughout this process to achieve new compositional arrangements with a noticeably abstracted forms and grounds. Hooper descries Metalepsy in his own words as “the inversion of cause and effect … that we don’t have thoughts, thoughts have us [and that] the maker of these paintings did not exist until they were finished.”

Julian Hooper is represented in the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art collection as well as major collections throughout New Zealand such as the Chartwell Collection, Auckland City Art Gallery, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the University of Auckland collection, Dunedin Public Art Gallery. In 2012 Hooper’s work features in Post Planning curated by Bala Starr at The Ian Potter Museum of Art (University of Melbourne, 31 March – 22 July).

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