New works on paper and some digital animations

“The sizeable cast of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics, and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses, and hired guns.”Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day

As with Pynchon, these drawings present us with multiple slippery histories and paranoid shenanigans depicted in strange collisions between the void and the figurative.
The works on paper are produced with ink in series, often rapidly painted then edited later, the goal is to produce a kind of haiku balance between something spontaneous and something new, a kind of decompressed moment drawn from the vast store of information contained in the subconscious.

Within the horizon of possibility presented by the blank page a process of conjuring with ink brings these characters into the world. Books, films, history, the internet - our brains are crammed full of stories and characters, they float in the unconscious as cultural flotsam and jetsam. Here the artist manipulates this stuff in raw form using an idea of delirious narrativity as a means of production.

Constellations of drawings are placed on the wall in response to both the space itself and to each other. The process of making, where each thing leads to the next through an experimental and intuitive approach is at the core of this work. Drawing from sources as diverse in style as New Yorker cartoons to Abstract Expressionism, psychological dramas and contemporary drawing practice collide.

Stephen Dunne is a Dublin/London based Visual Artist, a graduate of both N.C.A.D and The Royal College of Art, more info www.stephendunne.org

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