Michael Lett is pleased to present Stolen Leopard by Diena Georgetti and Imogen Taylor. Growing out of a two-year discussion between the artists via Instagram, the paintings presented in this exhibition query and reinterpret the history of abstractionism through reinscribing traditional modernist forms.
There is a sense of playfulness in these artworks and a shared sensibility in the handling of paint. Taylor's paintings have been described by the artist as "one-liners". Thigh Gap and Navel Gaze continue conversations in her previous works that allude to the female body. Nokia, Snail Mail and Shit Guitarist have been inspired by memes. Georgetti too references online culture, and the dependence we have on our devices. FABLE seems almost allegorical, PONTI and ZINE connect to print media. These paintings leave accidental paint drops or smudges as a kind of "proof of life".
Diena Georgetti was born in Alice Springs, Australia in 1966. Recent exhibitions include Unfinished Business, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne (2018); The Shape of things to come, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne (2018); Every Brilliant Eye, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne (2017); Call of the Avant-Garde, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2017); Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize (2017); and New Geometries, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, USA (2016).
Imogen Taylor was born Whangarei, New Zealand in 1985. Taylor studied at the University of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts, graduating with a BFA (2007) and a Post-Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts (2010). Her recent exhibitions include Pocket Histories, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland (2018), Open Air, Still Life, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin (2017) and BODY LANGUAGE at Artspace, Auckland (2015). Taylor currently lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.
Press release courtesy Michael Lett.
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From a studio beside Colin McCahon’s former Titirangi home, artist Imogen Taylor contemplates the art world sausage-ocracy, her pretty/ugly work and having a parent in the Act Party. “It’s really har