Seemingly calling of a staged chaos, fragments detonate outward from its centre, until reaching a point of suspension- at the apex where they hover.
Revealing a fascination with comic-books and the anti-hero, Chris Denovan’s sixth solo show, self-reflexively titled, Big Weirdo, exhibits a space in which the excessive and the impossible are held together through montage and paint. Iterating processes of transfiguration and translation, Denovan’s subjects become a persona, each performing within a larger, non-prescriptive narrative. Violent gestures shift to the carnivalesque and comic.
Oscillating between themes of sexuality, identity and belonging, Denovan employs colour and gesture to subliminally subvert recognizable symbols of hetero-normative masculinity and authority. Possibly these mercurial, shape-shifting characters are extensions of the artist himself; portraits like mirrors held back to the one who looks out.