DRESS - Anna Gleeson Solo Exhibition
ODD ONE OUT is proud to present DRESS exhibition, a series of paper pulp paintings by Anna Gleeson.
“Put on that dress
I’m going out dancing
Starting off red
Clean and sparkling,
he’ll see me”
Anna is interested in the casual, everyday objectification of women’s bodies; the way the waist is treated like a moveable sculpture; dressed in garments that cinch to reveal the thinness of the thinnest part, making of the body a tidy shape on which to put some ornamentation - like a vase ready to be painted. This series of paper pulp paintings uses a limited number of shapes at play with one another to create multiple variations that reference fashion, smart-phone screens and the half-tone dot of the printed image.
Her curiosity in making these works was around positive and negative space; the way that the coloured dots seem to vibrate and jump from on the dress to in front of the dress, revealing or obscuring the body. She became fascinated with adding ornament to ornament until it reached a pretty (or ugly) climax.
Quote is from the song, Dress by PJ Harvey, 1991.
Anna Gleeson, author of "Ha Wan Po", has exhibited in Hong Kong, Sydney, Tokyo, Taipei, Berlin and New York. She has a long-standing print-making practice focused on idiosyncratic or invented techniques where total control is not an option.