Still Image from David Noonan film Still Image from David Noonan film
Untitled 2021 (still)

Digitally edited 16mm film
Courtesy the artist, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Composition by Warren Ellis

David Noonan

23 March - 10 July 2022

TarraWarra Museum of Art presents a major new exhibition of the work of Australian artist David Noonan, bringing together recent collages, two new tapestries along with significant loans from private and public collections, a new film and a major new commissioned installation. Curated by Victoria Lynn, the Museum’s Director.

For more than a decade, David Noonan has explored various aspects of staging—both the preparation for and the choreography of being on stage or on show. Utilising a vast personal archive of found images from both print media and the internet, he juxtaposes figures from both eastern and western theatrical traditions, contemporary performances, as well as fragments from popular subcultures and social media sites. The figures often appear to be caught ‘off guard’, accidentally captured during moments of quiet and intimate introspection. They possess an uncanny quality that sits somewhere between being themselves and being ‘on display’. Caught in this transformation from one state to another, they appear to be ‘outside’ conventional behavioural patterns. When they are on a stage the figures are often arranged in highly formalised compositions.

Noonan’s figurative collages and montages, expressed through silkscreen on linen, installation, Jacquard tapestry, collage, and film, are situated in the context of abstract painting, and often make direct reference to art movements such as abstract expressionism or minimalism. Focusing on a particular grey scale palette that has characterised Noonan’s work since 2015, the works in this exhibition explore the tension between the floating archival figure and abstract painting, architecture and design. Archival images drift and hover in abstract, unhinged planes.

Curated in close collaboration with the artist, this exhibition has been developed in tandem with two major new pieces which will be featured in the show: a twelve-part sculptural installation and a major new film. As such, the exhibition will not be a survey, so much as an interplay of images that amplify and echo each other within the spaces of TarraWarra Museum of Art.

TarraWarra Museum of Art is the only venue for this exhibition.

About David Noonan

Since completing his studies at the Ballarat School of Mines and the Victoria College of the Arts David Noonan has shown at some of the world’s most prestigious art venues, his work has attracted the attention of influential international curators and collectors, and he has also undertaken art residencies in Australia, England, Scotland, French West Indies and the US.

Noonan has had solo exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. He has also been represented by/shown at commercial galleries including David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; Foxy Productions, New York; Modern Art, London; Xavier Hufkens, Brussels; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.

His artwork has been in Biennials, Biennales and Triennials worldwide and he has shown his work in over 15 countries. Noonan’s work is held in international public collections, including: Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum, New York; Rhode Island School of Design, New York; MOMA, New York; MCA, Chicago; Museum of Art, Dallas; LACMA, Los Angeles; MAMCO, Switzerland; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; NGA,
Canberra; AG NSW, Sydney; MCA, Sydney.

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