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Gian Manik
You own the school, embrace your responsibility for its legacy

Installation view, Gian Manik, You own the school, embrace your responsibility for its legacy, presented at Gertrude Glasshouse, 2024. Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Naarm Melbourne. Photo: Christian Capurro
Installation view, Gian Manik, You own the school, embrace your responsibility for its legacy, presented at Gertrude Glasshouse, 2024. Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Naarm Melbourne. Photo: Christian Capurro

12 April -
11 May 2024

Gertrude Glasshouse

44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood

Opening event: Thursday 11 April, 6 – 8pm

Harnessing imitative techniques honed during a childhood spent voraciously copying old master paintings, Gian Manik recasts and filtrates Caravaggio’s second version of Supper at Emmaus (1606). By speculating upon the futures and legacies of reproduced artworks, the exhibition demonstrates a research-led practice responding to the ontology of “institutional painting,” that has been canonised in western art history.

Gian Manik’s approach to painting is informed by an irreverence for genre and resistance to stylistic categorisation. Driven by a compulsion to paint, Manik’s artworks move dexterously between the polarities of figuration and abstraction. Within Manik’s layered surfaces, references from the fabric of his daily life and familial history converge with gestural passages to form a chaotic palimpsest of representation and memory. Nostalgic, melancholic and facetious, Manik’s paintings vibrate with emotional and compositional intensity.

Adopting an insouciant approach to both style and subject, the artist blurs the lines between mimesis and representation through the depiction of imagery gleaned from disparate sources such as the internet, popular culture, and personal memories. This characteristically irreverent methodology borrows from a wide compendium of images, thereby separating aesthetic considerations from hierarchical distinctions of high and low.

Gian Manik is represented by Sutton Gallery, Naarm Melbourne.

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Installation view, Gian Manik, You own the school, embrace your responsibility for its legacy, presented at Gertrude Glasshouse, 2024. Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Naarm Melbourne. Photo: Christian Capurro

Artist Talk: Gian Manik in conversation with Amelia Winata

Artist TalkSaturday 11 May, 6amGertrude Glasshouse

Join us on Saturday 11 May at 4pm for a discussion between Gertrude Studio Artist Gian Manik and Curator Amelia Winata on the final day of solo exhibition You own the school: embrace your responsibility for its legacy at Gertrude Glasshouse. 

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Gertrude Glasshouse is generously supported by Michael Schwarz and David Clouston.

The 2024 Gertrude Glasshouse Program is supported by the City of Yarra.

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Gertrude Contemporary

Wurundjeri Country
21-31 High Street
Preston South VIC
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

Gertrude Glasshouse

Wurundjeri Country
44 Glasshouse Road
Collingwood VIC
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
Thursday–Saturday 12–5pm