MICHELLE HANLIN
SHAPES ON A PLANE
31 OCT – 24 NOV 2012

MICHELLE HANLIN
A Shape Shines 2012
acrylic on canvas
25.5 x 25.5 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
Beach Scene 2012
acrylic on canvas
56 x 56 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
Candle Fruit Rocket 2012
oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
Diamond Gate 2012
acrylic on canvas
38.5 x 38.5 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
Floater 2012
acrylic on canvas
20.5 x 25.5 cm 

MICHELLE HANLIN
Hufnpuf 2012
acrylic on canvas
91.5 x 65.5 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
In the Heart of the Cave 2012
acrylic on canvas on board
21 x 16 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
Lofty 2012
acrylic on canvas on board
18.5 x13.5 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
Luxury Item 2012
acrylic on canvas on board
18.5 x 13.5 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
Moody 2012
acrylic on plywood and wax
62.5 x 34 x 17.5 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
Smog Cascade Grave 2012
acrylic on canvas
38.5 x 38.5 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
The Blue Dress 2012
acrylic on plywood and wax
50.5 x 34 x 17.5 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
The Bold and the Beautiful 2012
oil on canvas
45.5 x 46 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
The Dance 2012
oil on canvas
30 x 38.5 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
The Kiss 2012
oil on canvas
25 x 25 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
The Light and Air 2012
acrylic on canvas
36 x 46 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
The Memory of Sitting 2012
acrylic on canvas
91.5 x 65.5 cm

MICHELLE HANLIN
Trans-Seasonal Problem Scenery 2012
acrylic on canvas
56 x 56 cm


Shapes on a Plane is Sydney painter and sculptor Michelle Hanlin’s exciting sixth solo exhibition at Gallery 9. 

Hanlin’s work whimsically commentates and breaks down frameworks of conventional subject matter such as the portrait and still-life. Her recent exhibition in 2011 comprised busts and dealt with cultural associations to heredity, ancestry and descent. The subjects, heads and shoulders appeared without facial features, reconfigured as abstract arrangements and patterns in dramatic colours which recurred across the images to suggest communal heredity. As the series expanded, some features would be lost, while new ones appear and though the subjects’ identities were obscured, abstract elements combined to form figurative based narratives. 

Describing the intersection of abstraction and figuration in her work Hanlin states her “work plays with various art historical tropes, recombining and re-interpreting different artistic conventions, genres and forms into compositions at once familiar and strange.” Instead of making forms too literal Hanlin employs abstract shaps and colour to evoke her expressive and emotive narratives. This exhibition’s title, Shapes on a Plane refer to the canvas as a 2D stage or set in which her invented characters and theatrical props await animation. As the set which confines them has been flattened Hanlin’s abstract, geometric shapes are enlivened with subtle yet effective shadows which bestow a sense of immenent performance. 

Hanlin graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2003, and she was a finalist in the Helen Lempriere prize in 2004. Her work is in the collection of 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.