The Dance of the Hooligans
September 8 - October 3, 2015
The following artist's statement by Dick Frizzell is from the exhibition catalogue The Dance of the Hooligans, first held at Gow Langsford Gallery in 2013.
The Dance of the Hooligans: the painting.
The plan - such as it was - was to build the largest canvas my painting wall could contain and then glue or paint all this alarmingly diverse material on it at random - and see what happened.
What happened was that all sorts of interesting and insistent organising principles kept intruding into the process which made me aware - more than ever - that we have to be constantly alert to the often inhibiting guidelines we erect around ourselves for moral and intellectual support.
There was a lot of liberating going on with this dance..."
..."I was struck by how much great material I had accumulated over the years - and how much stuff had never been ‘dealt to’ - the notebooks and lists of orphaned ideas - and I decided that now might be an appropriate time to somehow gather it all together. It seemed to me that there must be some reason that I’d dragged this stuff around with me for so long and if I DID deal to it I might find out what that reason was!
Details of works
The Hooligans, 2013 oil on linen 1500 x 1500mm
Blue Tiki, 2010 oil on canvas 1000 x 1000mm
Hartland, 2001 oil on linen 750 x 750mm
Untitled, 1995 oil on board 500 x 400mm
Mallet, 1996 acrylic on canvas 350 x 500mm
Man Mowing, 2008 oil on board 550 x 550mm
The Laughing River, 2003 oil on linen 500 x 500mm
I can See for Miles and Miles, 2003 oil on linen 500 x 500mm
Black Constructivist Stump, 1996 oil on wood 595 x 590mm
Circular See Saw, 1993 oil & collage on canvas 300 x 355mm
E.T.A (The Falling Sky), 2013 acrylic on linen 1800 x 2450mm
New and Improved, 2013 oil & enamel on linen 1200 x 1300mm
One and a Half Bricks (diptych), 1998 oil on linen 800 x 1200mm
Science is the One True Knowledge, 2001 oil on canvas 495 x 495mm
Break a Leg, 2013 acrylic on paper collage on canvas 1500 x 2100mm
Hammer Song, 2000 mixed media (oil, board & hammer) 500 x 500mm
Look At Them As Though You Were There, 2013 oil on linen 1800 x 2200mm
The Dance of the Hooligans, 2013 oil, acrylic & collage on canvas 4 panels, 2500 x 7200mm
Escape from Salvation #15 (The Failure of the Resurrection), 2013 oil on linen 1800 x 2500mm