Meeson Jessica Pae

Secretions & Formations

★★★★☆

On until 13 January 2024

If the hospital played host to an artist-in-residence programme, Pae’s paintings would be of great use in the staff training room and the consultant’s office. But her arrangements of arteries, glands, and other bodily organs that fill half a dozen intensely crimson canvases have no respect for anatomy. Bloodstreams become spaceports, the large intestine the site of a battle. 

Oil paint can cause cancer. A surgery of galactic scale sliced through these forms, leaving their tendrils hanging in mucous-filled cavities. Despite this, a boundless life force orients these pictures. What they suffer in eek-factor, they overcome with sheer metabolic desire. 


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The Homeless Mind

★★★☆☆

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Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, I.W. Payne, Downtown at 243 Luz ★★★★☆

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Downtown

★★★★☆

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Alexandre Canonico, Still at Ab Anbar ★★★☆☆

Alexandre Canonico

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★★★☆☆

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Poppy Jones, Solid Objects at Herald St ★★★★☆

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Solid Objects

★★★★☆

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Deimantas Narkevičus, The Fifer at Maureen Paley ★★☆☆☆

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The Fifer

★★☆☆☆

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