David Noonan
12 September 2008 – 26 October 2008
Opening: Friday 12 September

Chisenhale is pleased to announce a new commission by David Noonan and his first solo public exhibition in London. Noonan presents a series of works comprising monochrome silkscreen on linen collages and clusters of freestanding figurative sculptures which expand his graphic images into a more theatrical space of display.

Noonan often works with found photographic imagery taken from performance manuals, textile patterns and archive photographs to make densely layered montages. These works at once suggest specific moments in time and invoke disorientating a-temporal spaces in which myriad possible narratives emerge. The large-scale canvases framing this exhibition depict scenes of role-playing, gesturing characters, and masked figures set within stage-like spaces. Printed on coarsely woven jute, collaged fabric elements applied to the surface of the canvases further signal the cutting and splicing of images.

Noonan’s new suite of figurative sculptures, comprise life size wooden silhouettes faced with printed images of characters performing choreographed movements. While the figurative image suggests a body in space, the works’ two dimensional cut-out supports insist on an overriding flatness which lends them an architectural quality – as stand-ins for actual performers and as a means by which to physically navigate the exhibition space.

David Noonan has had solo exhibitions at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2008), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007), David Kordansky, Los Angeles (2006), HOTEL, London (2005) and Foxy Production, New York (2004). He is included in the Busan Biennial, Korea (2008) and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne (2009).

A limited edition print by David Noonan has been produced to accompany the exhibition. For more details please visit our online shop, here.

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David Noonan

Embossed screen print on card
42 x 59.4 cm
Edition of 60 + 10 AP, signed and numbered


To purchase please email us at editions@chisenhale.org.uk

David Noonan often works with found photographic imagery taken from performance manuals, textile patterns and archive photographs to make densely layered montages. For his limited edition print for Chisenhale Gallery Noonan has created a screen print, which brings together a distinctive portrait image overlayed with an intricate textile design. Each print is uniquely hand-embossed by the artist.

David Noonan (born 1969, Ballart, Victoria, Australia) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Black-and-White (and a Little Bit of Blue), Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York; Foxy Production, New York; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (all 2013); Stuart Shave Modern Art, London; Origami, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (both 2012); David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2010); David Noonan, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2009); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2008); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007). Group exhibitions include TRANSIT, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, Australia; Theatre of the World, MONA - Museum of Old and New Art in collaboration with TMAG - Tasmanian Museum of Art Gallery, Tasmania (both 2013); Volume One: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012); British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, London, England; Glasgow, Scotland; Plymouth (2011); 17th Biennale of Sydney THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE Songs of Survival ..., Sydney, Australia; Glasgow International 2010, Washington Garcia at Mitchell Library, Glasgow; The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, 176 / Zabludowicz Collection, London; Altermodern, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain (2009) and Busan Biennial, Korea (2008).

For more information about the exhibition and to see images click here.

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