For the 2018 edition of UNTITLED, albertz benda is thrilled to present a solo booth by trailblazing artist Del Kathryn Barton, whose recent institutional exhibitions have positioned her as one of the leading artists in Australia.
The site-specific installation immerses viewers in Barton’s fierce, carnal, and lavish universe. A web of eyes peers out from an original wall design, with Barton’s haunting, complex portraits integrated throughout.
In paintings such as the fever is here Barton merges feminine and animal forms with abstract patterning. The subjects in this one is for u (2018), and the thing that gets you to the thing (2018) gaze outward like sentinels or Byzantine icons. The works are devoid of perspectival depth, but vibrate with luminous detail. Featured on the exterior of the booth will be a special screening of her award-winning short film RED (2016) starring Cate Blanchett.
“As you look into this booth, it looks back at you,” explains Barton. “My intricately painted pictorial narratives float on vortexes of eyes, along with a series of child-beast-portraits.” The effect is that of a “surrealist cubby house.”