WED 7 OCT - SAT 24 OCT 2015
OFFICIAL OPENING: Friday 9 October, 6-8pm
Flynn Doran is an emerging artist, based in Newcastle, Australia and is represented by Gallery 139. refracted is made up of abstract and impressionistic sculptures and drawings based on Newcastle’s transient built environment.
Flynn's work deals with his fascination and occasional dismay at the transformation of our city’s built environment. His photography, sketches and sculpture reflect a questioning but never cynical view of the impact of the inner city’s transition from muscular industrial landscape to a commercial hub. Inherently architectural, Flynn’s interpretation of Newcastle’s transient skyline skews the visual perspective to create an abstract and impressionistic representation. His sculptures engage not only with the substance of change but also the moment – the scaffolding and gantry that shroud what is yet to emerge and transform the city-scape and our experience of it. Flynn’s creative process involves the repetitive and methodical construction and deconstruction of maquettes to create abstracted forms.
ART: Surprising links
By JILL STOWELL | Oct. 16, 2015, 9:30 p.m.
UNTIL October 24, Gallery 139 has the second solo exhibition from one of its group of regular artists.
Flynn Doran is an interesting choice. His sculpture is resolutely abstract, completely committed to linear form, to balancing acts in welded wire often combined with rust-patinated sheets of iron.
Here is a young artist passionate about three-dimensional structure in its most challenging form. Can he scale these immaculately made table-top works up to monumental size without losing the intimate confidence of the miniature?
Does a promising future extend into architecture? The works in the exhibition all refer to actual Newcastle sites, elaborated in spare, constructivist drawings.
He is one to watch.