Pressure Sensitive by Joel Dickens

Sep 2017 – 16 Oct 2017

Children unleash scribble in a moment of uninhibited, spontaneous, emotional expression – subconscious, absent-minded and pure. This is not that.

Here, childlike and spontaneous gestures are constricted by the neuroses of adulthood. The paint never reaches the boundary; staying within the lines.

The id is restricted by the ego, and passions are sacrificed to the day-to-day realities of life. Good intentions meet their limitations. A nervous breakdown that you’re not allowed to have.

The gestural works encapsulate a tension between the modern adult’s state of freedom and imprisonment. Taking flight in a cage.






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