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2021 Exhibition

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Ralph Stanton at Disorder, September – October 2021

“There’s a Crack in Everything (L. Cohen)”

What’s happening?

Good question. What is happening in the world now? Unprecedented, unstoppable global events: a dreadful, pandemic; drastic environmental and climate shocks; a major shift in our freedoms and in global power. And personal tragedies unfolding worldwide at enormous scale.

What are we to make of it all? I am intrigued by the feeling behind Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem”: “Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering; There’s a crack , a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in”.

Is there something to be learnt here – at a level beyond the everyday? In any case, that’s what this, my imperfect offering, is about: a non-didactic attempt to imply the possibility of hope (or light) behind the enormity of what appears before us, collectively or individually.

Abstract art has been around for over a century. It appeals – like music – to our non-rational mind. My work evokes mood through colour, texture and overall effect. I rely on intuition, seeking feelings of space and beauty which arrive through process: layering, glazing, rubbing back, overpainting.

The work tends to suggest landscape, seascape or skyscape rather than tangible imagery, reflecting its expressive nature, “emotional residue” or tonal atmosphere. Actually it is an “inner landscape” that is reflected. And sometimes an “inner light.”

The following works are all Acrylic on Canvas.

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Chaos or Control Nov 2017

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Installation 2014

In 2014 I was invited to join in an installation / exhibition at PSAS Fremantle with Geoff Wake and “Zweitgeist” (Tom Muller and Horst Kornberger)  The show, entitled “Dark Light” , comprised site-specific works using neon, projected images and LEDs in the darkened gallery.

My contribution – “Inner Light” – entailed a large, matte black-painted cube, 2.5m3, floating as if weightless upon a soft, gently shifting indirect LED light, which was slowly cycling through the spectrum. This created a seemingly impossible enigma, invoking “the insubstantiality of matter” and a quiet, contemplative mood which expanded into the surrounding space.

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Elements Art Gallery Jun 2007

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Gadfly Gallery Mar 2002

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The Mill Gallery Jan 1998