Gian Manik

Reflection, refraction + self-examination for Gian Manik’s Internal Audit at Melbourne’s The Honeymoon Suite, Feb 10 – Mar 17

9 February 2018

Gian Manik is presenting solo exhibition Internal Audit at Melbourne’s The Honeymoon Suite, opening February 10 and running to March 17.

The Melbourne-based artist’s paintings and fabric compositions consider the passage of time as a “way to progress that is not necessarily pre-determined; instead the direction to take is gradually revealed along the way.” A wall-length piece, produced in collaboration with students from Hedlands Senior High School in the Pilbara region of Western Australia early last year, responds to the landscape in a work that is described as “between a contemporary painting and a cumulative palimpsest.”

Manik has in the past been preoccupied with creating liminal space that skews a singular reference point and creates unpredictable compositions distorting perception, while seeming to “oscillate between reality and abstraction.” With Internal Audit, he moves toward “positive and negative space, posterity and erasure, and excess and restraint.”

See The Honeymoon Suite website for details.**

Gian Manik, ‘Untitled’ (2017-2018). Detail. Courtesy FORM, Perth + The Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne.
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Sweet air excreting all night in ‘Plastic Loaves Makes You…Spring’ at Melbourne’s The Substation, Oct 20

20 October 2017

Plastic Loaves presents ‘Plastic Loaves Makes You…Spring’ at Melbourne’s The Substation on October 20.

The evening is is described as a space where “sweet air will excrete all night with a long stem of budding performers, vocals, sounds, visuals and alluring beverages, emerging from every gap” and features performances and contributions from András, Lucy Cliche, Matthew Brown, Nite Fleit, Magic Steven, Gian Manik, Ruby Jeppe, Beanies, Didvid.S, PractiseStudioPractise and Waterfall Person among others.

The Substation is a non-profit arts centre located in an old industrial building, with a curated program of residencies, exhibitions, events and more. Plastic Loaves works collaboratively to realise events, working in “Art direction, Graphic Design, Fashion, long distance running, orchids, rapping and making kimchi.”

Visit The Substation website for details.**

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Gian Manik @ Fort Delta, Sep 15 – Oct 15

14 September 2016

Gian Manik is presenting solo exhibition Leather Seats at Melbourne’s Fort Delta, opening on September 15 and running to October 15.

The show, which is comprised of gestural, colour-oriented paintings examines a specific symbol in our daily lives: “the imprint of human weight left on seating after the occupant has vacated their post. Arse prints on leather seats.”

Exploring human presence and the notion of transience, Manik uses cues from photographs a friend had taken and sent him, developing the concept into oil paintings that deal with moments of anxiety and exaggeration. The exhibition will be shown in conjunction with Stephen Gibeltt’s Other Paintings.

See the Fort Delta website for details.**

Gian Manik, 'Untitled' (2015). Oil on linen. Courtesy the artist+ Photography Christo Crocker
Gian Manik, ‘Untitled’ (2015). Oil on linen. Courtesy the artist + Photography Christo Crocker
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