‘The Neighbour’ YAVA Gallery, Healesville till the 27th October
‘Gateway City’ Boom Gallery, Geelong
Formed on the Plains
20/20 – 20 en plein air paintings completed in 20 consecutive days with the support of The City of Melbourne Arts Grant.
‘A Strange Dance‘
Manifold’s oil paintings depict the lone figure ambling through life – in alleyways in Melbourne landscapes, dwarfed by skyscrapers and highway overpasses, quiet places like bathrooms, and the countryside to which he has returned. A dark, saturated palette details hard geometrical surroundings, bathed in the soft liminal glow of dusk and the night-time sky. Sometimes adorning the figure’s torso, a flimsy upturned cardboard box, mimics yet contrasts the impenetrable vast, heavy buildings – yet provides camouflage and protection and paradoxically severing the connection with the outside. This recurring motif’s vulnerable transient interior is accentuated by the sturdy veneers of the surrounding concreted architecture and questions the influence of the modern social delineations, boundaries and interfaces we traverse daily. Manifold’s paintings tread the discourse of unnoticed physical and psychological terrains. City landscapes, constructed by people yet cluttered by ‘anti-spaces’, Manifold’s paintings reflect tensions between states of camouflage and discontinuity in an era of increased communication and alienation. These intimate self-portraits open enquiries regarding the place and positioning of the human condition in this contemporary technological age.
‘W h i s p e r‘ – with Shaun Tan and Nick Dridan.
2015 & 2016
‘The Town mouse and The Country Mouse‘ with Nick Dridan.
“C O N T A I N E D” Rubicon Ari
‘C L O S E’ – Gallerysmith Project Space.