99 Loop is delighted to be showing the work of Rory Emmett.
“This exhibition consists of painting and installation elements. I find myself interested in the coexistence of art and labour and the value systems that are produced and exchanged through, and as a result of various forms of work. I attempt to grapple with my immediate landscape on a personal and political level and consider the process of construction, both physical and ideological. Through the process of painting, a kind of surface-building, I seek to visually explore distinctions between "high" and "low" culture, coming to terms with negotiations of living with the symptoms of fundamental shifts in national ideology and ongoing economic transformation. Utilizing the language, alchemy and performance of painting as well as the visual devices of construction and industrialization, I seek to question the symbolic violence of Westernized standards of beauty and success which are still aspired to and normalized within the post-colonial landscape, as well as trying to come to terms with notions of Rainbowism and constructive criticism of a democracy still experiencing growing pains” - Rory Emmett.