5 June - 6 July 2013
Minna Gilligan’s most recent body of work cites the Beach Boys song ‘Feel Flows’, from their 1971 album Surf’s Up. Feel Flows was recorded with a reverse echo, and unlike their other recordings, has a sinister, haunting reverie that lingers long after the last reverb of the line: “White hot glistening shadowy flows”.
Gilligan’s large scale paintings, on found bed-sheets and fabric, resonate and resound with similar echos. The work is full with lust, longing, and painterly psychedelia. They are the artist’s imagined extracts of time, particularly the yellowed, sun-drenched ’60s and ’70s, spliced together to create new composites. The paintings bear an eerie, almost imperceptible trace of bodies that long ago slept on the very sheets now serving as canvas surface. Through the artist as a medium come psychic re-imaginings of a time-warped past in which universal ‘feel’ can ebb and flow.
Minna Gilligan works primarily with painting, drawing and collage. Her practice speaks of fleeting, personal encounters with the past and present, and manifests in a tumultuous reconciliation of both. Her works are playgrounds of colour, often inhabited by lone protagonists trapped in states of longing, sadness or exhalation.