Allan Gardner 

The primary inspiration for Gardner’s recent work is fear; the contemporary experience of living in fear and anxiety, the way that this inspires hopelessness and a sense of nihilistic misanthropy, a distrust of one another that separates us from our community, our peers and our sense of self.

The source of his imagery primarily comes from film stills: documentaries about the extremities of human experience – addiction, degradation, violence, fetish, sexuality, compulsion, something of an obsession for the artist. Authenticity is maintained by only working with images from contemporary reality– even if it becomes abstracted through the production of a painting. In place of inserting his own ideologies into the imagery, Gardner utilises the production of artworks as a space for self-exploration through the act of making.

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