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The Good Listener


Haddon, N, The Good Listener, Criterion Gallery, Hobart, pp. 22 works (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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Copyright 2010 The artist and Criterion St Gallery


In recent bodies of work Neil Haddon has sought to question the relationship of narrative fact to anecdotal evidence by re- picturing images derived from print and broadcast media within the melodramatic language of painting. In this work the illustrative potential of the image is proposed as one akin to the unverifiable nature of the anecdote. In changing the units of the image, in translating it badly, some other possibilities open up. If the authenticity of the originating story remains it does so via a process of misdirection and under a cloud of theatrical uncertainty. In so doing the paintings maintain a link to a plausible account of events but present the pictorial information in new and ambiguous terms. In the exhibition ‘The Good Listener’, Haddon has included a number of smaller works that spin off the larger paintings on aluminium. These mostly abstract geometric works show Haddon indulging motifs and elements from the larger works. But, in repeating and reiterating simple geometric shapes he has aimed for a kind of Chinese Whispers like approach that encourages a visual solipsism and a focusing of attention on these otherwise minor components of ‘a bigger picture’. Similarly the ‘insect’ works on paper offer a strangely compelling encounter between, on the one hand, a richly detailed visual account, and on the other, a willful neglect of taxonomy and nomenclature. Threaded through all of this work are some lines of flight or escape, an avoidance of subject alongside the vestige of authenticity and a suggestion of the potential of the anecdote.

Item Details

Item Type:Published Creative Work
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Haddon, N (Dr Neil Haddon)
ID Code:65198
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Art (Hobart)
Deposited On:2010-10-13
Last Modified:2014-12-08

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