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Tue 5 Aug 2008–Sun 24 Aug 2008, 5:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Sanderson Contemporary Art, 251 Parnell Road, Parnell

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Sanderson

Love, death, despair and joy form basis of new exhibition.

In Cruz Jimenez’s latest exhibition, Among the Shadows, the artist adds grist to the mill by exploring the themes of love, death, despair and joy. Jimenez merges the genres of painting and photography with a number of powerful works such as Frail Duration.

Reproducing an image he shot in 1991, the artist has both manipulated and subtly over painted the photograph in the present. Although strongly nostalgic, the particular past and present hinted at in the work seems indeterminate.

The very nature of time becomes elastic, as the evocative and beautiful foreground fades out of focus, while tendrils of paint waft up the surface overlaying the dominant images.

The carefully chosen and manipulated items are loaded with symbolism. The rose, book and crystal dish work metaphorically as symbols of the stretching, rebounding and merging of the past with the present. These tendencies are enhanced by the indistinct light, reflected shadows and soft abstract over painting.

Concepts such as ephemerality and permanence, life and death, desire and rejection, suffering and happiness, age and youth are implied as functions of both a real and sought after world.

These are extremes that I seek to capture. It is here “among the shadows” of thoughts and action that I discover a life line of light that comforts me in times of gloom.

The title for the show is significant, as it reminds us of the way we live our lives “among the shadows” of the past; one full of inevitable contradictions from which we can never escape.

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