Julian Laffan at MAY SPACE

- Voyages, 2020

MAY SPACE is proud to present a new solo exhibition by Julian Laffan, 'Voyages'.

Art Exhibition previously on at MAY SPACE in Waterloo precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Wednesday 19 February 2020 to Sunday 08 March 2020
Launch Saturday 22 February 2020, 3-5pm

Braidwood Interior image Repose by the Mirror image Everyday Corner image

Published by MAY SPACE on Tuesday 04 February 2020.
Contact the publisher.

On view from Wednesday 19 February – Sunday 8 March, with the official opening drinks to be held on Saturday 22 February, 3-5pm.

‘My work is a voyage through rooms, selecting moments upon which to reflect as hand-carved meditations. These images depict remnants and mementos of significance, alongside objects that are ordinary or everyday. The process of selecting, carving and hand-rendering is a means of remembering, gathered and arranged as new understandings. Both the momental and the seemingly insignificant are united in a single frame. A red snuff bottle evokes recollections of conversations in a Mongolian ger beside the red matchbox for the evening’s fire. A can from a wharf in Mapua, New Zealand sits alongside a sweets container from Verona, Italy. Each work exists as an unintentional relationship, as reflections of multiple places in a single captured moment, suspended as a carved and painted image in timber.

These works connect to the historic period when illuminated manuscripts were replaced by that of the printed image. Each work is a return to the notion of hand-coloured individual pieces, working in direct opposition to their potential as a replicated image in the digital age, signifying the importance of knowledge. This journey through an interior is an investigation into daily spaces, a new voyage of discovery for both the artist and the viewer.’

- Julian Laffan, 2019


MAY SPACE, 409b George Street, Waterloo NSW 2017