David Griggs: Be­tween Na­ture and Sin

Camp­bell­town Arts Cen­tre

Art Almanac - - Art In Australia -

‘Man, so what do you want to know?’ sparks a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween artist David Griggs and Michael Dagostino in­tro­duc­ing this sur­vey of 12 years in Manila where the artist fo­cused on un­der­stand­ing through film, pho­tog­ra­phy and paint­ing. Amid chaos, so­cial and po­lit­i­cal strug­gles, re­la­tion­ships and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences Griggs com­mu­ni­cates ‘my own be­ing and where I’m at.’ One re­ceives a vis­ceral sense of the ‘in­can­des­cent en­ergy’ that Megan Monte writes, pro­pels him and later we hear from Sid­dharta Perez about the con­tent and con­text of his work. Jar­rod Rawl­ins muses on the in­ter­sec­tion of cre­ativ­ity and psy­chotropic med­i­ca­tion and posits that for his friend an ‘ob­ses­sive, frag­ile, ro­man­tic’, art is not only a way to ex­or­cise the mind but a salve and key to au­ton­omy.

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