have one on me
22 August – 16 September 2018
Opening Wednesday 22 August 5.30pm
Sam Field’s first solo exhibition at Despard Gallery!
More images and info soon…
” My paintings fill the interstices in Australia’s timeline between settlement and the present. They are depictions of a clichéd cultural narrative that runs obliquely beside that great unknown, true history. Based on my own life and experiences they portray places I’ve visited, histories I’ve read and stories I’ve been told. They are depictions of the tired, lonely, romanticised old landscape that I grew up with, yet am finding difficult to find. Ultimately the worlds of the past and the present cross over. Time periods fold in and out of one another in a constant state of repetition and reinvention. Nothing really changes. The beer swilling, lung busting days of the worlds’ only grog related coup d’état are barely past. I suppose that’s the aim of my works. To pay homage to the absurdity of our national mythology and present the past we know as both contemporaneous and as an historical ideology.” Sam Field, May 2018