MLS026 - GEMMA KING & MARISSA BAGLEY
A BAD DAY IN NAPLES AND THEN SOME MORE BAD NEWS
APRIL 24 - MAY 10
OPENING NIGHT: THURSDAY APRIL 24, 6PM
Gemma King's lino prints act as dream-like snapshots of her recent trip to Europe. She has focussed mainly on a single day in Naples where she witnessed a murder, her own life was threatened, and her possessions were stolen. But studded between these darker works are images that capture the more strange, surreal and comical things she experienced: heartbroken punks, slippery gypsies and bums begging for butter. Her bold, graphic lines capture both the energy and anxiety of being alone in a foreign city.
Marissa's monoprints questions peoples desire for public recognition. She uses random characters from the backgrounds of newspaper images and "ones to watch" from old Vanity Fair magazines, who never made it much further than that and have since been forgotten. Meanwhile, her fictitious character, Larry Endelman, rides people’s coattails, has a crush on George Pell and has dreams of notoriety and knighthood.