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Backroom | Steven Fasan - ‘BEFORE the HORIZON’

Opening Event Saturday Oct 30th, 1-4pm
Exhibition from Oct 29th until Nov 14th

Open 11am - 5pm | Fri-Sun
Other times by private arrangement with the artist

Artist talks Sunday Nov 7th, 2pm - 3.30pm

'The Offing'

Again I’m working with images taken on road trips to/and in the Australian outback. This time it’s the horizon that interests me. Surrounded and overcome by the expanse, the isolation and quietness of a never-ending landscape, it (the horizon) imposes the realisation of one’s insignificance.

At times the horizon, visually presented itself as relentless and monotonous: north, south, east and west. 360 degrees. Visually almost identical. The horizon was to be a destination. A place to aim for. However, in reality it’s a destination to be observed only and disappointingly, a destination forever beyond reach. Trying to reach this, that or any horizon is a futile endeavour. As soon as you reach your horizon a completely new horizon opens in front of you: an optimistic cruelty.

Cruel Optimism, a concept given to the phenomenon of engagement with a false but present moment: the holding up of hope and ultimately rendering a longed-for outcome, (in this case the horizon), unattainable. One is forever destined to be before the horizon.

Ideas gleened and manipulated from,

Lauren Berlant’s book ‘‘Cruel Optimism’.

My apologies,



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