Selected works by David Noonan

David Noonan
Untitled

2006

Screen print on board

188 x 133 cm
David Noonan
Untitled

2006

Screen print on laminated plywood

188 x 199.5 cm
Beginning each of his screen prints by making a collage, David Noonan brings together an eclectic array of found imagery – sourced from film stills, books, magazines, and archive photos – to create dramatic scenes that suggest surreal narratives. These collages are then photographed and turned into large-scale screen prints, a technique remarkable for its sumptuous finish that relates to both artistic authenticity and mass media. Printed in harsh contrast black and white, Noonan’s images encapsulate the romanticism of golden age cinema, and its associations to memory, fiction, and modern mythology.

Approaching image making with an auteur’s indulgence, Noonan presents a fabricated vision that is awesome in its complexity. Using the liturgy of art itself as a departure point for invention, Noonan conceives his work as ‘documentation’ of plausible performances: his cast of characters are positioned as participators in highly elaborate artworks, invoking covert and futuristic ritual. Stylistically referencing Surrealism and experimental film, Noonan’s work poses as the aesthetic remnants of ‘lost masterpieces’, weaving his own extravagant fantasies into fabric of collective consciousness.

Piecing together plausible narratives from his readymade motifs, Noonan renders the intimacy of psychological space as indistinguishable from public cognisance. Using the qualities of photomontage to replicate the linear aspects of film, Noonan’s disparate imagery collates to convey a transient sense of time and space that is both theatrical and strangely insular. Through his process of screen printing, Noonan capitalises on the effects of transluscent layering and exaggerated lighting to replicate the flickering chimera of cinematic projection; an intangible illusion simulating the abstraction of dreams.
David Noonan
Untitled

2006

Screen print on laminated plywood

188 x 133 cm
David Noonan
Untitled

2006

Screen print on laminated plywood

188 x 133 cm
David Noonan
Untitled

2006

Screen print on birch plywood

200 x 188 x 8 cm
David Noonan
Untitled

2008

Silkscreen on linen and jute collage

210 x 300 cms
David Noonan
Untitled (Figures)

2008

2 sculptures each on birch ply and steel

Dimensions variable

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roslynoxley9.com
David Noonan’s current exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery features a series of eleven black & white and colour prints taken directly from his recent collages exhibited in his solo exhibition at Monash University Museum of Art earlier this year.

foxyproduction.com
DAVID NOONAN (Ballarat, Australia, 1969) holds a BFA from Ballarat University College and a MFA from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. He is currently based in London.

uplandsgallery.com
"David Noonan's recent paintings retrospectively capture the transitional mood of this period in their tenebrous representation of various phenomena reminiscent of the particular period. He combines such divergent cultural motifs as European villas, young people in elaborately designed tunics, and Indonesian shadow puppets that suggest a host of possible narratives that viewers must create themselves."

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voltashow.com
David Noonan (Ballarat, Australia, 1969) holds a BFA from Ballarat University College and a MFA from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.

artaustralia.com
The notion of spaceship as metaphor for contemporary human malaise is transformed in David Noonan's immersive installations, especially in his recent collaborations with Simon Trevaks.

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