THE GHOST WHO WALKS

Exhibiting - Off the Kerb Gallery -  July 07-22 2022 

A pair of hounds, a stone table, empty bowls, a highway median strip.
A pair of hounds, a stone table, empty bowls, a highway median strip.

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The Ghost Who Walks
The Ghost Who Walks

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Left - Two lobsters, a waiting room. Right - Carpets, crown and dog, a vacant field.
Left - Two lobsters, a waiting room. Right - Carpets, crown and dog, a vacant field.

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A pair of hounds, a stone table, empty bowls, a highway median strip.
A pair of hounds, a stone table, empty bowls, a highway median strip.

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The artworks in The Ghost Who Walks tell a story without a source and no natural narrative.

 

Quiet and serene, the works are not concerned with what might happen but rather the events that may have occurred.

 

This theme contained in the series has roots in a childhood memory. A morning ritual, three panels of a story, never told in full and out of context or consecutive order.

Every weekend Dad would read the paper, and at breakfast, I would join him and flip to the comic section to catch a glimpse of what The Phantom, The Ghost Who Walks, was up to this week.

 

The editor seemingly chose the weekly strip at random, and therefore, the story never resolved or made any chronological sense. Instead, all one had was a brief glimpse into the life of this lone stranger.

 

This oddity contained in newsprint, a closely held and cherished memory, shaped a propensity for seeking out strange cinematic moments and finding comfort in being alone but not alone.

 

Composed over fourteen drawings, the series explores themes of loneliness, storytelling and liminality.

Shadowy figures drift through a seemingly abandoned world, through familiar locations, highways, behind empty stores, and out in fields.

 

Without an existing pretext, the experience is one of chancing upon a scene that’s played out. Leaving a trace of something for those who came in late.

 

Please join us Friday, July 8th, from 6am to 8pm for the opening of The Ghost Who Walks. The artist will be in attendance.

 

The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, July 7th to Sunday, July 22nd. For more information on this exhibition or to request an online preview, please contact the gallery director, Shini Pararajasingham, at info@offthekerb.com.au