THURSDAY 3 AUGUST 2017
5.30PM Artist Talk
6.30PM Exhibition Opening
29 July - 19 August 2017
RETROGRADE is an exhibition of new work by Melbourne based artist JImmy Langer. This dynamic exhibition has come about as a direct result of a four-week residency undertaken at Megalo in June this year, and in many ways represents the culmination of his recent practice that has delved tentatively into a digital method. Langer combines screen prints on paper and transparent acrylic sheets to form solid, tangible surfaces, manifesting the information he has generated in labourous digital reproduction and pixel manipulation.
The term ‘retrograde’ implies not so much a reversal as a turning-back on itself. Though I have manifested this abstractly, I have used the idea of retrograde movement to show that things can appear to the eye to be turning and diverting, when in fact it is an illusion of the dual orbits of the observer, the orbiter, and the thing that both are orbiting. All things that are illusory but measurable. Observable hidden incidents creating a whole. Things move in a way that seems counter intuitive and and skewiff, but at some level there is a theoretic truth that captures the reasons for the illusion.
The digital origins of these prints is the product of a method that attempts to navigate and dismember the information that is embedded within an image. These are stimulated by environments, memory and iconography, and lend themselves to feelings of entropy and time.