'The House of Hangover' is a collection of early works by Carl Gopalkrishnan. It includes his early exhibiting years at the Bridge Gallery in Western Australia until 2001 in Melbourne. He then took a break from exhibiting after 1994 until 'Sedition and Other Bedtime Stories' in 2006. From 2001 to 2006 he was absorbing and processing a lot of personal experience against the backdrop of Sept 11 finally resulting in the paintings for Carl's second portfolio book, 'My Own Private Weltanschauung', which combines his Sedition exhibition with his 2008 show 'We'll Always Have Paris - bent tales from the sub-atomic' which explores quantum thought experiments in painting. The collected works are presented here untitled as they stretch back over 2 decades. and some titles have not been recorded. For 'Solo' Carl worked exclusively in charcoal, oil and chalk pastel on paper and board. 'Dualities' used mixed media on board and pen and ink on paper including hand-mixed pigment paints. 'Stockholm Syndrome' was painted in acrylic on stretched canvas and not exhibited. As a body of work, it represents the emerging years of Carl's creative development.
Carl merges urban and traditional techniques on the canvas in a style that is both raw and reflective. His art questions our consciousness, exploring our waking dreams as reflected in our public and private myths in a process he calls prophetic surrealism. In Carl's world, it's a waking, rather than dream, state of un-reality. His images are often published in international magazines and journals of poetry, politics and culture.
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