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Spotlight on: Duncan Mcgonigle!
July 18, 2009, 2:35 pm
Filed under: Artist spotlight., Uncategorized

Duncan McGonigle‘s work examines the various relationships between referential languages and mannerisms within iconography. His paintings and drawings appropriate images from magazines, books and film, re-interpreting them with sub-references from music, film and quotation, often alternating original dialogue to juxtapose the image. These works attempt to symbolise the concept of contemporary cultural reference and it’s many connections to itself, as well as purvey memory and document alternative moments in modern culture.

For the Glory Hole exhibition Duncan has created a piece of work consisting of two opposing paintings both of a juniper bush. The first painting, entitled ‘In all the gin joints in all the world, she walks into mine,’ will be created while sober, an attempt at an accurate depiction, in keeping with the styles and methods of his illustrative practice. The second painting, entitled: ‘There’s an old man siting next to me, making love to his tonic and gin”  made with the same intent of accurate representation as the previous painting, but produced in conjunction with the artist consuming quantities of gin. Both paintings will be produced on wood panelling, salvaged directly from the streets of Hackney Wick.



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