WHAT
SATANISM
31 MAR – 17 APR 2010

Installation view of WHAT's paintings

WHAT
The Light 2009
enamel on acrylic
90 × 45 cm

WHAT
The Dark 2010
cut paper
21 × 30 cm
Edition of 32 + 2 AP

WHAT
Bach Chaconne in D minor  2007 – 2010
DVD                                                                                                
Duration 20 min 10 secs
Edition of 8 + 2 AP

WHAT
Satanism 2009-2010 (DETAIL)
oil on canvas/linen
dimensions variable 

WHAT
Bach Chaconne in D minor  2007 – 2010
DVD                                                                                                
Duration 20 min 10 secs
Edition of 8 + 2 AP

WHAT
Ritual Performance of the Ancestors 1991 – 2010  (DETAIL)                                              
Oil and glue on canvas  
213 × 852 cm

WHAT
Ritual Performance of the Ancestors 1991 – 2010                                                   
Oil and glue on canvas  
213 × 852 cm

            


With a typical sense of flamboyance and provocation and a dose of heartfelt bravado the artist known as what is creating work in which the dark and the light edge of spiritual quests are explored at the timely date of Easter. Holding one hand of God and the other of Satan, what is about to mess with notions of good and evil via Bach; a video performance of his Chaconne in D minor, works on paper and the dark art of painting.  

What explains:

Satanism is 32 variations on the 32 variations of Bach's Chaconne in D minor.  Bach worked for God, directly.  I do not work for God, directly.  I work for God in mysterious ways.  I work for God in the same way that I might work for Satan. I might offer an even-handed tempo to both of our leaders, yet pause, then staccato - placing an emphasis on the second beat.  I may even suggest, through darkness, that light is bright.’ 

~ WHAT 

The National Gallery of Australia has recently acquired a lithograph from what’s Casual Library Assistant exhibition.  His work is also included in the Ergas collection, Monash University collection and numerous public and private collections. What was a finalist in the 2009 Blake prize.

This is his sixteenth solo exhibition and second at Gallery 9.