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Damian Fennell & Jonah Cacioppe


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British sculptor Damian Fennell and Australian painter Jonah Cacioppe present their second exhibition of work together.

Working together since 2001 and sharing a studio for a number of years Cacioppe and Fennell have produced a body of work addressing the enduring themes of beauty, death & the sublime.

Cacioppe's series of 5 large semi-abstract oil paintings of Baghdad night bombings, the 'Shock and Awe' campaign of 2003, are taken from found reportage photography. Colour explodes on the canvas and conveys the sublime through overwhelming death and destruction. The paintings neither glorify or abhor the landscape of war but rather aim to transcend its horror to reveal the sublime. 4 large canvases from Cacioppe's earlier I am the Sun and the Moon series are also concerned with the sublime but convey it in more serene, meditative and minimal forms.

A selection of female nude sculptures from Fennell's Woman series explore sexual politics and a contrasting belief in the transcendent nature of the Self. The different surface treatments and materials in these sculptures recognise various persecutions of women from both pre and post-feminist eras. Their core form reflects women's stoic resolution and power through the adversity of discrimination, while celebrating essential presence. Also included in the exhibition is States of Being, a series of 5 life size male nudes embodying the different types of government from Plato's The Republic, as then interpreted by Socrates in relation to the different states of the individual. Often underlying Fennell's work is a love of the experience of pure existence, seemingly free from all identifications and concerns.

Perth born Cacioppe lives and works in London. He has studied and exhibited extensively in both the UK and Australia including Trevor Victor Harvey and Metro 5. Also based in London, Fennell's UK exhibitions have seen his work enter collections in Europe, Africa, Australia and the USA.

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