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Shoegazer

The title of this diverse group of drawings made during the extended Melbourne COVID-19 lockdown is a playful allusion to that sub-genre of indie rock, Shoegaze, but more so to the attention one pays to subjects and prompts found close at hand… almost underfoot.

These somewhat introspective images are (for me) tender and intuitive encounters with observation, composition and mood.

Whether the accidental abstractions of foot-path repairs, a tenacious dandelion emerging from a crevice, a spill of obscure yet florescent liquid, a crazy-patterned mural or so much carelessly discarded detritus, these are perhaps modest as subjects for attention, yet ripe in association.

Modest but insistent. Each has had a particular resonance, indicative of those rare moments where we slow and take note of the otherwise insignificant things - those passing moments of contemplation, evocations of some febrile mood perhaps, or else a simple wondering and amusement at the actions that might have conjured them into being.

And in contemplating modest things, in the very action of glancing down, we place our body in a different relationship to the world - one both intimate and forensic - as we sense, sort and order the bewildering variety all around us. These drawings are intent on fixing those contemplative moments for a little longer, and serve as touchstones for future painting.

– AB, October 2020

Andrew Browne
Shoegazer, 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
image size 37.5 x 26 cm, paper size: 76 x 56.5 cm
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (2), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (3), 2020
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (doorway), 2020
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (a weed is a plant in the wrong place), 2020
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (nasturtium), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (Astor Pl), 2020
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image size 37.5 x 26 cm, paper size: 76 x 56.5 cm
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (Keele St), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (Keele St #2), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (after Moreau), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (after Sandy), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
image size 37.5 x 26 cm, paper size: 76 x 56.5 cm
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (slumped), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
image size 37.5 x 26 cm, paper size: 76 x 56.5 cm
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (Rockaway), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (hotspot), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (vacant lot), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (wharf), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
image size 37.5 x 26 cm, paper size: 76 x 56.5 cm
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (spill), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
image size 37.5 x 26 cm, paper size: 76 x 56.5 cm
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (green spill), 2020
Pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper
image size 37.5 x 26 cm, paper size: 76 x 56.5 cm
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Andrew Browne
Shoegazer (reflection), 2020
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Andrew Browne biography

Robert Rauschenberg once explained, "I actually had a kind of house rule. If I walked completely around the block and didn't find enough to work with, I could take one other block and walk around it in any direction – but that was it. The works had to look at least as interesting as anything that was going on outside the window." 

Andrew Browne adopts a similar approach in constructing his images. He uses everyday urban detritus found in his neighbourhood and in the midst of his travels; photos of random graffiti, branches washed up on the banks of inner city creeks, discarded wooden panels adorned with construction company logos and ripped pamphlets littering the streets. These images all find their way into Browne’s evolving collection of source material.  

– Kirrily Hammond, Curator - Collection: Monash University Museum of Art (2005-2018)

 

Since the 1980s Melbourne-based Andrew Browne has established an unmistakable body of work across painting, drawing, photogravure, intaglio and lithography. Using photography as a tool, he investigates the phenomena of illumination, the poetics of the nocturne and the everyday.

His new series of drawings continues a decades’ long interest in landscape and natural phenomena, though one alienated and surreal. An uneasy tension exists within his images of organic growth and the detritus of human existence.

Often spectral in quality, Browne’s works highlight the uncanny – essentially psychic landscapes of apprehension, giving the impression of realism yet using the language of abstraction. They speak of 'gothic romance' and 'absurdist pathos'.

Andrew Browne won the 2018 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize (Geelong Art Gallery) and the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing in 2016. He was a finalist in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2017 (Bendigo Art Gallery).

Major solo exhibitions include the survey of photography, works on paper and painting, Andrew Browne - Painting Light, at Bendigo Art Gallery (1999). His project From the Periphery featuring paintings, an associated suite of photography and an object was commissioned by McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park (2010). Gippsland Art Gallery presented the survey exhibition Andrew Browne - Horizon (2012) focussing on aspects of his work that dealt specifically with the horizon, time and transition. In 2013 Andrew received the Australian Print Workshop - Collie Print Trust Fellowship. Prints from these editions are now held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, Gippsland Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Murdoch University.

His works are represented in significant Australia-wide university and corporate collections as well as many public and institutional collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Monash Gallery of Art, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Bendigo Art Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery, Parliament House Collection, Canberra and a number of regional public galleries through-out Australia.

In 2009 the British Museum in London acquired the suite of photopolymer photogravures Seven Apparitions as part of their ongoing collection of Australian prints and works on paper.

His most recent exhibition at Tolarno Galleries was Spill in 2018.

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