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Neil Haddon, sobre lo irrepresentable

La bitácora creativa de Neil Haddon (Inglaterra, 1967) ha discurrido entre dos polos: la revisión de las vanguardias abstractas (del suprematismo al minimalismo) y la paráfrasis iconográfica del sensacionalismo de los noticiarios. Ambas líneas de investigación formal coinciden en constatar la dificultad de separar lo real y el ideal, la verdad del simulacro.

En las series pictóricas inspiradas en la emisión televisiva de noticias, la pintura de esmalte sobre aluminio actúa, con sus efectos brillantes y tornasolados, como metáfora de la confusión sensorial que propician los rayos catódicos. En “Back Burn” o “Paintings for America” las figuras reducidas a siluetas fluorescentes se insertan en parajes boscosos o en entornos urbanos de imposible ubicación.  Sus acciones se disuelven entre luces estroboscópicas, de modo que los gestos banales de burócratas y políticos se connotan de misterio, estableciéndose guiños con las series televisivas sobre fenómenos paranormales como Expediente-X o sobre tecno-distopías como The Black Mirror.

Si en estas reflexiones sobre la conspiranoia y la manipulación informativa Haddon opta por la estética frívola de los postes publicitarios y las pantallas electrónicas, en las series abstractas también recurre a las superficies de aluminio y a materiales industriales para desbancarse de aquellas tradiciones pictóricas que entienden el arte como transmisión de estados emocionales. En este caso, dialoga con el espíritu iconoclasta del suprematismo y el minimalimo en su voluntad de alcanzar el grado cero de la representación, pero dándole la vuelta para constatar la irrisoria pretensión de reducir la realidad a fórmulas matemáticas, a patrones regulables.

La ansiada perfección de la cruz negra de Malevich o de las estructuras primarias de Frank Stella acaban sucumbiendo a la erosión, al manchón, al desorden, a los procesos irrefrenables de la entropía.

Anna Adell

Neil Haddon, datos biográficos

FORMACIÓN
2002 Master of Fine Art, University of Tasmania
1990–1996 Resident in Barcelona, Spain
1987–1990 B.A. (Hons), West Surrey College of Art and Design
1985–1987 BTEC Diploma, General Art and Design, Epsom School of Art and Design

EXPOSICIONES INDIVIDUALES
2012 the black mirror, the studio, the hunter, the basement, Inflight A.R.I, Hobart
2011 Neil Haddon, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
2010 The Good Listener, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
Counter Works, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney
2009 Stranded, MOP Gallery, Sydney
Broken, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Broken, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
2007 Stranded, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
2006 New Work, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Glister, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
2004 Wear 04, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
Pitch 041, CAST Gallery, Hobart
Pitch 042, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Wear 02, Dianne Tanzer Gallery
More Minimal Conditions, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
1999 Nihil Sub Sole Novum, LSSp, Hobart
1996 Purblind, Dianne Tanzer Gallery
Purblind, Gallery Dunce, Hobart
Artspace/Workplace, Moonah Arts Centre
1995 Galeria Carles Poy, Barcelona, Spain
1994 The British Council, Barcelona
1992 Galeria Carles Poy, Barcelona, Spain

EXPOSICIONES COLECTIVAS (selección)
2014 “Theatre of the World”, La Maison Rouge, París;
Australia Council Studio Residency: Greene Street, New York.
The Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
The Glover Prize, Evandale
2011 Near and Far, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
The Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2010 Contemporary Encounters, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Group Action 7, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
In the era of ERA, Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art, UTAS, Hobart
In Partnership, The Academy Gallery, School of Visual and Performing Arts, UTAS, Launceston
Seeing Double, The Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art, UTAS, Hobart
Primed – New Painting in Tasmania, The Academy Gallery, School of Visual and Performing Arts, UTAS
2009 The Shilo Project, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.
The Arthur Guy Memorial Art Prize, Bedigo Art Gallery
The City of Whyalla Art Prize, Whyalla (winning entry)
2008 Ecchymosis, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
In Progress, The Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania
The Fleurieu Biennale, McLaren Vale, South Australia
The Glover Prize 2008, Evandale, Tasmania (winning entry)
2007 The Arthur Guy Memorial Art Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
Collecting For Tasmania II, Devonport Regional Gallery
The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbell Town Art Galley
2006 Tidal, The City of Devonport Art Award, Devonport Regional Gallery (winning entry)
The Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Surfers Paradise (work acquired)
2005 Poimena Art Award, Poimena Gallery, Launceston (winning entry)
And Then Some…, Inflight Inc, Hobart
Letitia Street Studios, Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania
City of Perth Art Award, PICA, Western Australia
The Conrad Jupiter Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfer’s Paradise
Rhapsody 21C, Academy Gallery, Launceston
Island Art Prize, Stanley
City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
2004 Disorientation, Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, University of Tas
Group Material, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
IXL Art, Plimsoll Gallery
US, Inflight art, Hobart
Tidal, City of Devonport Art Prize, Devonport Regional Gallery
2003 Wish You Were Here and Painting the Home, Inflight, Hobart
HWY 1 (Ten Days On The Island), Kempton
Bodybag and Carnegie Gallery, Hobart
There, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2002 LSS@Arts@Work, Arts At Work, Hobart
Pattern as Subject, CAST, Hobart
Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize
2001 Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize Exhibition, Campbelltown City Gallery
CAST Member’s show
The Hutchin’s Prize Exhibition, The Long Gallery, Hobart
2000 Square, Circle, Rectangle, Entrepot Galleries, Hobart
2001 Cache, Glen Eira City Gallery
Artfair 2000, Melbourne, with Bett Gallery
Buffalo, Letitia St Studios, Hobart
Shifting Axis, Bett Gallery
CAST Members Show
2002 Cache, CAST
Warp – Neil Haddon, Philip Watkins and John Vella, curated by David Hansen, CAST and touring
The City of Hobart Art Prize Exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart
The Hutchins Prize Exhibition, The Long Gallery
1998 Upbeat and Lively, Bett Galley
Sixth Australian Contemporary Artfair, Melbourne, with Dianne Tanzer Gallery
Trust Bank Art Award Exhibition, Launceston (highly commended)
Making Waves, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
1997 Poets and Painters, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
Trust Bank Art Award Exhibition
Logan City Art Prize Exhibition
The Hutchins Prize Exhibition, The Long Gallery
1997 ARCO, Madrid, Spain, with Galeria Carles Poy
Toowoomba Regional Art Prize Exhibition
Logan City Art Prize Exhibition
1996 La Pintura Considerada Como Una de las Bellas Artes, Galeria Carles Poy, Barcelona, Spain
Por Al Buit/ Medio Al Vacio, Galeria Carles Poy
1990 Young Painters, James Hockey Gallery, Farnham, England

PREMIOS Y BECAS
2012 Awarded Australia Council for the Arts, New York Studio
2011 ‘New Work’ Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council
2005 ‘New Work’ Grant, Visual Arts and Craft Board, Australia Council

COLECCIONES
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
University of Tasmania Fine Art Collection
Devonport Regional Gallery
Gold Coast Arts Centre Gallery, Surfers Paradise
Artbank, Sydney.
Coleccion Sunyol, Barcelona, Spain
The British Council, Barcelona, Spain

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