Benjamin Bannan

Wither Narcissus

29

June 2023

29

Jun

2023

21

Jul 2023

Gallery 2

Wither Narcissus

Benjamin Bannan

29

June 2023

29

June

2023

21

July 2023

Gallery 2

Whither Narcissus reimagines the aesthetic possibilities for the pathologised Narcissus—a figure who, in Western modernity, was transformed from an aesthetic to a psychological subject. As a psychological diagnosis, narcissism emerged alongside the progression of sexology and psychoanalysis, with increasing affiliations to inversion and homosexuality, becoming a surrogate for the artist and a vehicle for coded declarations of same-sex desire. Transformed from antiquated administrative use into a pictorial material, carbon paper is used to render the mythical figure of Narcissus through a queer framing of the classical western convention of the figure/ground relationship. In this exhibition we encounter the gaze of a figure whose rebirth as a perennial flower establishes a studio methodology of copies, repetitions and duplicates. These strategies engage notions of visibility, temporality and mortality to collapse fixed categorisations of the self and the world.

Whither Narcissus reimagines the aesthetic possibilities for the pathologised Narcissus—a figure who, in Western modernity, was transformed from an aesthetic to a psychological subject. As a psychological diagnosis, narcissism emerged alongside the progression of sexology and psychoanalysis, with increasing affiliations to inversion and homosexuality, becoming a surrogate for the artist and a vehicle for coded declarations of same-sex desire. Transformed from antiquated administrative use into a pictorial material, carbon paper is used to render the mythical figure of Narcissus through a queer framing of the classical western convention of the figure/ground relationship. In this exhibition we encounter the gaze of a figure whose rebirth as a perennial flower establishes a studio methodology of copies, repetitions and duplicates. These strategies engage notions of visibility, temporality and mortality to collapse fixed categorisations of the self and the world.

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Benjamin Bannan

Benjamin Bannan works between Boorloo (Perth, Australia) and Naarm (Melbourne, Australia). He currently lives on the unceeded lands of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong peoples of the Kulin Nation.