David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present the first Los Angeles solo exhibition by the London based, Australian born artist David Noonan. Historical imaginations, invented memories, bohemianism and late 20th century British theatre inspire David Noonan's installation of large-scale screen prints, collages and bronze sculptures.
Within his large-scale montages, Noonan fabricates stills of ersatz performances involving gurus, masked figures, harlequins, and exotic fauna. These participants are presented in a cosmological and psychological realm. Noonan hints at a mythology without provenance and suggests an inexplicable scene beyond the material world. The work's layered, cinematic imagery becomes like a physical interpretation of filmic space and at times alludes to the surrealist and complex constructions of Latin American filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky in films such as Holy Mountain and Fando y Lis.
In his collages, Noonan intensifies ambiguous black and white imagery collected from disparate sources, mainly books and magazines, by reassembling them according to a personal logic. Johanna Fahey describes one of Noonan's previous installations as a custom-made flashback, tailored with an appreciation for aesthetics [used] to create a historical flavor. In Noonan's new series, visions of a quasi spiritual, separatist community, a pagan cult of sorts, are prompted by photographs of children and adults dancing, hugging, and practicing abstract artwork.
Within these peculiar scenes preachers, doting fathers, and mother figures nurture youth through seemingly ritualistic acts. The work perhaps serves as a simulated narrative of David Noonan's childhood, but the imagination is a disobedient historian and the fiction within the work is profoundly dominant.
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