Gallery 9 is delighted to present Michelle Hanlin's new exhibition of paintings, The Soft Rock Scene. A coy reference to the 60's and 70's musical genre that smoothed out hard rock's rough edges, Hanlin's paintings depict anthropomorphic forms stacked and slumped within the hard-edge frame of each painting. Hanlin finds creative inspiration in sculptural traditions of bas relief, molds, casts and assemblages as well as old printing processes. A single light source and the play of shadow within a restricted colour palette, gives form to these objects and they appear illuminated as if on a stage. Abstracted and simplified, the objects become emblematic. Hanlin's visions are the embryonic seeds of ideas, realised as amorphous forms, presented starkly nonetheless.
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