Jan Senbergs, Melbourne capriccio 1, 2009, acrylic on linen 194 x 245cm
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Jan Senbergs' new exhibition marks a return to his famous map paintings of the last ten years.
In his catalogue essay, Patrick McCaughey explains:
The new series of urban maps take the process one step further. He has adopted the term capriccio to describe and underscore the gap between these constructed images and the painstaking accuracy of the cartographer...However life-like they seem, they are in reality, fantastical. The English word 'capricious' readily derives from capriccio and carries the suggestion of the irrational, even the arbitrary.
Senbergs clearly delights in the distortions of scale in his map paintings. The near and the far are irrationally juxtaposed. He takes the familiar shape of Port Philip Bay and such well-known landmarks as the MCG, the Arts Centre, the Shrine and Albert Park Lake and wreathes them in a maze-like system of streets and highways. The city becomes a labyrinth and we are entangled in it. The edges of his maps bring no relief for he organizes ranges of low hills, vertigo-like, down the sides of his city. They add the element of unease and uncertainty.