ON THE STAIRS
18 FEB – 14 MAR 2016
Gallery 9 is pleased to present Michelle Hanlin’s most recent body of work in On the Stairs, her seventh exhibition at the Gallery and first since 2012.
Parting ways, for now with painting and sculpture, Hanlin’s new exhibition comprises three collages made from high gloss poster paper, cut and torn into basic shapes and arranged in brutally simple compositions that teeter between hard-edge abstract painting and the symbolic imagery of warning signs. As with Hanlin’s previous bodies of work, the compositions reveal intersections between abstraction and representation, specifically a repeated motif of a three-tiered structure reminiscent of stairs or a pedestal.
Atop each structure sit amoebic blobs – suggestive of child-like figures, rudimentary sculptures or phantasms. Around each solid form appear literally exposed torn white edges which situate the otherwise flat forms into shallow relief, appearing like drop-shadows loaned from the realm of graphic design. It is the artist’s intention, that “this elevation of the formless abstract, realised through the simple means, anticipates and invites our empathy.”
Michelle Hanlin is a graduate of Sydney College of the Arts. Her work has been collected by Artbank, Wollongong City Gallery and private collections around Australia. She has exhibited since 1999 and her work has been seen extensively in galleries across Sydney as well as in Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide.