Le Coq | Benjamin Sheppard at Counihan Gallery in Brunswick

16 August - 16 September

Le Coq is a new series of works Sheppard created during a residency in the medieval town of Caylus in France last year. Le Coq takes its cue from the rich narrative of nationalism to explore our complex, contradictory and sometimes contentious relationship with systems of power and governance.

Art Exhibition previously on at Counihan Gallery In Brunswick in Australia.
From Thursday 16 August 2012 to Sunday 16 September 2012
Launch Thursday 16 August 2012, 6-8pm

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Published by Counihan Gallery on Thursday 12 July 2012.
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Using the cockerel as a key motif – flamboyant and proud, posturing and prosaic – these new drawings stage incongruous encounters. Also present in these works is a satirical commentary about masculinity and ego and, more broadly, how we negotiate certain power structures and social relations. In this new series, Sheppard summons up the exalted status of birds as messengers and spirits, through carefully rendered surfaces that reveal a resolved and fluent form of mark-making.