Tyrant Lizard King


13 - 27 June 2015, Tue-Sat, 11am - 4pm

Tyrant Lizard King is the second solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Perth based artist, Jarrad Martyn (1991).
It is considered natural to use free time to develop the mind and to gain a greater understanding of the world. Often when traveling this desire for knowledge is experienced through sightseeing tours, a method of spatial engagement characterised by a sense of routine and distance. Tyrant Lizard King explores how ones engagement with the abandoned theme park, Spree Park in Berlin is more lasting, because its consumed function is no longer accessible and therefore ones navigation of the space is no longer dictated by a controlling system of rules and regulations.

By collapsing the distinctions between figuration and expressionism, Martyn creates landscapes that operate between the real and the imagined and the past and the present. Aided by the use of collage to rearrange and reorganise the meaning of imagery from his own personal experiences within the park, the Ebola crisis and tourist brochures, Martyn creates a sequence of events that question how we experience leisure to attain knowledge while encouraging associations to the surreal nature of Spree Park.

Jarrad Martyn (b.1991 Aberdeen) is a Western Australian artist whose practice explores abuses of power in recent history and how we engage with space to experience a sense of the unknown when travelling. Through painting and drawing, Martyn collapses the distinctions between figuration and expressionism to create an open ended set of external and internal meanings. Operating between the past and the present, the real and the imagined, these new meanings encourage the questioning of our reliance on bodies of authority as purveyors of ‘truth’ and how we choose to experience a place to gain a greater understanding of it.
In 2013 Martyn graduated from Curtin University with B.A. (Honours) in Fine Arts.

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