Stieg Persson: Polyphonic

‘Polyphonic’ charts Stieg Persson’s thirty-year career as a well-known Melbourne-based painter, whose practice invites viewers to contemplate the question of authenticity in relation to art among other pertinent issues – from sickness and mortality to social division, Norwegian Death Metal and foodism.

Stieg Persson, Dinner with the Abbotts, 2014, oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

The exhibition features over 80 works including a series focusing on bourgeois culture where Persson sourced blackboard menus from genuine retail stores in Brighton and applied graffiti over it (the graffiti is also taken from the walls of some of Melbourne’s wealthy neighbourhoods which he photographs). The works are a snapshot of middle class Australia.

Curator Kelly Gellaty says, ‘Persson’s conceptually rigourous paintings provoke us to think about our lives and the issues we face in contemporary life. They create spaces of contemplation for the viewer; spaces in which we’re encouraged to sit and spend time with the concerns that circulate on his canvases. Importantly, in our increasingly busy and full lives, these works ask that we slow down and let them work on us, and this is where their power resides.’

Stieg Persson, Ruskin, 2008, oil and metallic paint on linen. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

 

The Ian Potter Museum of Art
Until 1 July, 2018
Melbourne