SHOWCASE....Hapless, Beautiful, Floating by Duncan Wright


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Duncan Wright – Hapless, Beautiful, Floating

Duncan Wright layers images in a way that yields more of an assemblage than a collage. Nothing feels like it’s been cut and pasted, rather the symbols and images melt together to create a holistic atmosphere. In Hapless, Beautiful, Floating, the atmosphere is greater than the sum of its parts; the individual components fall away in a thrust of light and colour.

Several of Wright’s artworks feature the same images—a buck, a bee, a crow, the same languid flowers—but despite this repetition I don’t feel the need to decode these symbols or take them as icons. In the same way that our brains remember fragmented images, Wright’s symbols are recycled, layered, and reinscribed in a way that evokes memory, wonder, and nostalgia.

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