March 25 to April 19, 1992
In the settled and often urban landscape of the contemporary world, our relationship with nature is changing.
The paintings in this body of work are comprised of a left, right and center section. These panoramic scenes question existing relationships and propose a re-evaluation of our view of the human rationality and natural order.
The left side rendered in black and white, are images of human activities taken from dated life manuals such as behavioural instruction books and encyclopaedias. The left side is intended to show man in an active, thoughtful and rational situation.
The right side is a representation of an animal. The deer has been chosen as a personal icon of beauty, simplicity and natural order. The right side is intended to show the deer in a passive or instinctual situation.
The left and right side create an arena for the middle plane to exist. All parts of the painting are equal in significance and there is no pictorial hierarchy.
The paradox created by t he placing of the left and right sides initiates a dialogue to re-establish a new order.
Brian Maddison. March 1991.
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