Stanley Street Gallery is thrilled to be presenting five artists at this year’s Sydney Contemporary: Agus Wijaya, Jacquie Meng, Jackson Farley, Amy Dynan and Shaun Hayes.
Jacquie Meng uses painting to build her own worlds and identity beyond geographic or national category. Her tableaus splice mythology and folklore in her own cute and kitsch arrangement, blending traditional symbols and personal memories together. As a Chinese-Australian woman, her compositions of cultural and personal artefacts offer a distinct perspective on diasporic and culturally-mixed lived experience that insists on defining identity as something fluid. Her composite expansive scenes consider posthumanism, performativity and the migration of objects to break down binaries of ‘East/West’, ‘real/imagined’ and ‘human/non-human’.
Jackson Farley is a multi-disciplinary artist channelling the subliminal to parody institutions and gender structures. Through humour and sexual innuendo, Farley comments on hierarchical and patriarchal values typical to the social fabric of Australia. Blending ‘pure’ and ‘impure’ drawing and text, he embraces contradiction to invite alternative and unusual perspectives.