Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present BODYDOUBLE 24 X A SECOND, an exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Contos.

Exhibition Dates: 25 August – 30 September 2023

In this dynamic new body of work, Sarah Contos looks to painting as a means to explore collage, textile and cinema. Inspired by the 1970s film genre Giallo, known for its for its dazzlingly lurid colours and stylized aesthetics, Contos weaves together a symphony of playful patterns, vivid hues and frame-within-frame compositions reminiscent of the cinematic experience.

Drawing inspiration from the cinematic standard of 24 frames per second, that is, the minimum speed needed to capture video while still maintaining realistic motion, Contos ingeniously utilises this rhythmic baseline as a compositional device to literally embed frames within frames. Here, her characters, an enigmatic mix of reality and imagination, beckon viewers with a mixture of confidence and vulnerability. Like proxies to our inner child, they usher us into realms of make-believe, pretence, and nostalgia, moving to the cadence of 24 frames per second – the very heartbeat of video and film. At the heart of the exhibition lies the concept of a “body double” a term that resonates both in cinema and psychology. Much like the cinematic technique where one actor substitutes for another, the figures in Contos’ paintings serve as substitutes for reality, exposing various hidden facets of our own nature. This dance of duality extends to the double lives we often lead, intriguingly blurring the lines between authenticity and façade and inviting us to reflect on the sincerity and masquerade – the reality and imagination – that coexist both on the canvas and within ourselves.

– Tallulah Smith, 2023




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Sarah  Contos Body Double #2 (Trixie and Gwendoline), 2023; oil on canvas; 187.5 x 166.5 cm; more info; enquire
Body Double #2 (Trixie and Gwendoline), 2023
oil on canvas
187.5 x 166.5 cm
Sarah  Contos Body Double #4 (Odette), 2023; oil on canvas; 157.5 x 172 cm; more info; enquire
Body Double #4 (Odette), 2023
oil on canvas
157.5 x 172 cm
Sarah  Contos Body Double #1 (Zelda), 2023; oil on canvas; 209 x 153 cm; more info; enquire
Body Double #1 (Zelda), 2023
oil on canvas
209 x 153 cm
Sarah  Contos Body Double #5 (Angel), 2023; oil on canvas; 167.5 x 156 cm; more info; enquire
Body Double #5 (Angel), 2023
oil on canvas
167.5 x 156 cm
Sarah  Contos Body Double #3 (Cora), 2023; oil on canvas; 199.5 x 155.5 cm; more info; enquire
Body Double #3 (Cora), 2023
oil on canvas
199.5 x 155.5 cm