23 JUNE – 27 JULY 2010
Born in Auckland, 1966, of mixed Hungarian and Tongan heritage, Julian Hooper has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and Australia since 1990. This year, Hooper’s work was shown at the Flinders University City Gallery, in conjunction with the Adelaide International 2010: Apart, we are together curated by Victoria Lynn and his work is currently on show at the Queensland Art Gallery as part of Unnerved: The New Zealand Project.
Julian Hooper is represented in major museum collections throughout New Zealand such as the Chartwell Collection, Auckland City Art Gallery, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the University of Auckland Collection and Dunedin Public Art Gallery. In Australia, his work is in the collection of the Queensland Art Gallery.
This exhibition of paintings and works on paper by acclaimed New Zealand artist Julian Hooper, presents figures made up of uncongruous elements like fish tails and fruit, reminiscent of Arcimboldo. Titled Golden solvent, this is Julian Hooper’s second solo show at Gallery 9.
Curator Victoria Lynn writes: “Hooper has compared them with figures from fashion magazines, but the absurdity of their attire transforms them from an everyday location or identity into their own universe. These unexpected combinations recall the discordant practices of surrealism and dadaism, but Hooper’s work is not so absurdist. The artist’soeuvre has been characterised by this process of finding links between seemingly unfamiliar territories.”