synthetic polymer paint and graphite on Arches paper
12 panels, 168 x 178 cm overall
These HEADS are a bunch of ‘nobodies’ with little social or political clout, resigned to yelling at a world they cannot change. They are an expression of a feeling of nihilism and helplessness – as an artist and a citizen. A mass of anonymous, cartoonish people individually hopeless, perhaps a little more powerful collectively, screaming in unison at who knows what. They could be at the football, at a protest, in a choir or on a zoom call, perhaps they’re in parliament. Maybe it’s a bunch of nobodies screaming into the void.
Jordan Marani makes darkly humorous work involving personal narratives, cynical observations of the human condition and explorations of family, loss and the past.
Through painting and sculpture employing bright colour, humour and word play, he explores the funny side of the dark side.
From 2008-2011 Jordan was co-founder and director of Hell Gallery. His work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, the National Gallery of Victoria, NADA New York, the Spinnerei Leipzig, Shepparton Art Museum, Static Gallery Liverpool, Switchback Gallery, 200 Gertrude Street, Daine Singer, Neon Parc, Utopian Slumps, Ryan Renshaw, Ray Hughes Gallery, Powell Street Gallery and at ARIs including Death Be Kind, Inflight, Seventh, and West Space.