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Ben Aitken
June 27 - July 16

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‘They asked me for a title and I couldn’t think of anything because everything is all over the place so i guess this is the most honest title but now its like an elongated titles as Dale Frank might do’
Exhibition 

Artist Benjamin Aitken’s work is a roiling, roaming documentation of his experiences as a survivor of childhood abuse and trauma, of drug addiction and incarceration, and the path towards reclaiming his identity beyond stereotypes or dogma. They are the marks and manifestations of someone dredging for truth and meaning in a well of chaos, tipping the bucket towards us as it returns to and from the void. Exhibited and collected both locally and internationally, Aitken’s impressive and technically brilliant creations are possessed with narratives that are brutal, caustic, amusing, redemptive and often incidental.

Exploring grief, love and heartbreak with a sardonic and cathartic sense of honesty, Aitken looks back with a sense of possession and acceptance, ahead with a glint knowledge. Yet he still holds space for those approaching his work to come prepared to truly look and see, to involve themselves in earnest in the creation, destruction and replication of realities.

In his own words, “Take from this what you will... I choose not to look too closely, rather I feel all of this work is just an archiving... It’s organised chaos, but things do make sense. Sort of like how my life has unfolded.”

Working across a wide range of mediums, including assemblage, painting, drawing, photography and video, Aitken’s work has always emerged from instinctual expression, a frenetic and connected approach to storytelling and making that is at its heart an act of truth telling and retrieval. Wry and razor edged, these tessellations of a life made up of multitudes, are ultimately testimonies of existence and its frictions, grotesque and glorious.

Photography by;
Annika Kafcaloudis
Mark

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Solomon Kammer
Nicholas Ives
Harry Rothel
Chelsea Lehmann
Ben King

Jul 25- Aug 11, 2024

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"IF THEY ARE GOING TO BAN ME FROM YELLING AT THE ARTISTS I WILL FACE GOD AND WALK BACKWARDS INTO HELL"
Exhibition 

Gesturing defiantly towards the scourge of Australian politeness and our fear of critical feedback, this show originated from a sudden gap in our schedule. Rather than frustrate,this sudden shift of routine presented us with an exciting opportunity to put together a new show in a relatively immediate and responsive way, serendipitously bringing together a number of artists we have been following closely or collaborating with over time, artists whose work we love.

It comprises strong, cerebral and fleshed-out work grounded in academic art traditions with a self-assured quality. In piecing together this group show - a first for Oigåll Projects - there was also a realisation that it represented a moment of self-affirmation for myself as the gallery director and curator, a confidence in our approach an taste, but ultimately the pleasure of leaning into this sense of instinct and strong reaction. It feels true to form. Relishing in the grotesque and grit of this kind of flux, and celebrating the bodily configurations of these bold works, the show connects a range of narratives that explore physical and psychological states of being which feel intimate, immediate and provocative.

Photography by;
Annika Kafcaloudis
Mark