Throughout the month of October, Michael Bugelli Gallery shows new paintings by Hobart-based multidisciplinary artist Dexter Rosengrave as part of Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020. Their work explores and repurposes remnants, traces, and residues through a range of mediums including painting, performance, video, and sound. Rosengrave is interested in the limits of working with transient materials and processes, and how subjectivity can be articulated through erasure and removal.
“Letter of Resignation paintings are revealed to me at their completion, where the gestures of my body have made and removed marks in absence of my sight,” says the artist. “These are self-portraits of loss, that come as a result of private durational performances in which I close my eyes and continuously apply and remove paint within the limits of my reach. What remains are material remnants of the performance – a remnant too of my body that flickers between presence and absence. In place of my visual subjectivity and relationship to the image, the paintings embody transience without hesitation, subjectivity through removal.”
Rosengrave is currently working on large-scale commissions to be presented at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and MONA’s Dark Mofo Festival in 2021.
The gallery is currently closed to the public and the exhibition can only be viewed online. View exhibition here.