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Teo Treloar, The Black Captain #4, 2018, Graphite on Fabriano Artistico, 640 gsm hot pressed paper, 50cm x 56cm.

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>Varia Karipoff

Varia KaripoffVaria Karipoff is the print editor at Art Guide Australia and was formerly the art and culture editor at L’Officiel Australia. She holds a BA in International Studies, is fluent in Russian and naturally, is fond of poetry.

Attempts to untangle the meaning of the peculiar polyhedron in Albrecht Dürer’s 1514 engraving Melencolia I have been numerous over the centuries. Looking like a hewn marble boulder and placed beside angels with downcast eyes, this quizzical form is reborn half a millennium later in works by Wollongong-based artist, Teo Treloar. In the next iteration of The Black Captain – a series which commenced in 2017 at a time the artist grappled with acute depression – the polyhedron is rendered in tonal variations of graphite and appears frequently alongside the noir-like figure of the white, middleclass everyman. In white collared shirt, Brylcreem hair and a rumpled brow, the male forms repeat in the series like a generic figure in a science journal – an addendum to text. The Black Captain, says Treloar, “serves as a reference point for the role of the protagonist in existential literature and art” – namely, the works of Kafka and Dostoyevsky – two authors who towered over my twenties ¬with their anguished anti-heroes.

The same coded nature that makes Melencolia I ripple with a sort of mathematical or a visual riddle suffuses the work of Treloar. Each work is created in relation to a proceeding work, a story that compels me to look on with each calculated mark of the pencil.

The Black Captain
Teo Treloar
Andrew Baker Art Dealer
14 August – 7 September

>Varia Karipoff

Varia KaripoffVaria Karipoff is the print editor at Art Guide Australia and was formerly the art and culture editor at L’Officiel Australia. She holds a BA in International Studies, is fluent in Russian and naturally, is fond of poetry.

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