17 October – 16 November 2013
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to announce a new solo exhibition by Marley Dawson. Untitled (Neon Tumbleweed –
Voltarc 11370) is a mesmerizing, eight-part neon that poetically describes the trajectory of a tumbleweed going to seed. The tumbleweed is an introduced species in the United States yet it has become an iconic part of the American landscape. Dawson’s neon version of the ubiquitous plant appropriates a commercial medium to explore the tumbleweed’s iconic status in American culture. The mechanized neon sequence mimics the rolling action of a lone tumbleweed, a scene so often depicted in Hollywood Westerns. Undulating across the landscape, Dawson’s tumbleweed is also a metaphor for the passing of time and the cyclical nature of life.
Marley Dawson has been exhibiting with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 2009. He has exhibited extensively in Australia and has presented work internationally in group exhibitions in Paris, Hong Kong and Washington D.C. Dawson’s Recent solo exhibitions include: Big Feelings (going nowhere), Hillyer Art Space, Washington D.C (2013); MCR (with Christopher Hanrahan), Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart (2011); Purliey, Awesome Arts Festival, Perth (2009); Box of Birds, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2009) and ECR (with Christopher Hanrahan), Performance Space, Sydney (2008). Dawson is currently undertaking studio-based research in Washington D.C. supported by an Australia Council for the Arts Skills and Arts Development grant. This is his third solo exhibition with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
Marley Dawson would like to thank Bree Pickering, Christopher Hanrahan, Craig and Libby at Kraft Studios and Joy and Tony Dawson.