The Space Between presents a visual narrative about emotional vulnerability of the human psyche. This is a major theme in McManus’ work especially in his installation for the MONA Dark Mofo Festival in 2015. His commentary on the psyche, and concepts of erasure, emotion, violence and deterioration of the human body are represented in this exhibition by moments of quiet self reflection. This pause, to contemplate and be human is almost contrary in our world of instant connectivity. To ‘feel’ is sometimes considered an indulgence, a weakness, and unnecessary in a culture of social networks, apps and txt. The Space Between presents an alternative view to this notion of disconnection by considering vulnerability, in a sense, as a source of strength, nobility and beauty.
Douglas McManus is a Melbourne based artist who works with digital technologies as well as traditional print techniques. He creates unique works on paper and linen by intentionally altering the accuracy of digital printers and laser cutters. Originally studying fine art printmaking and painting, he began to experiment with textile media early in his career. A Key processes in his award winning work is laser engraving which is showcased in this exhibition. Using images, based on a series of photographs taken while living in Northern Tasmania, he applies layers of pre-applied acrylic paint and engraving techniques to create unique state works on linen canvas. McManus is represented in major Australian museums, including The Powerhouse, Sydney, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and The Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston.