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AUCKLAND

Mangere Arts Centre

Graham Fletcher

Lounge Room Tribalism

GRAHAM FLETCHER, Untitled (Lounge Room Tribalism), 2009, oil on canvas, 150 x 120 cm. Private Collection. Photo by Alex North. Courtesy Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland. 

Trying to situate Graham Fletcher’s “Lounge Room Tribalism” paintings (2009– ) is no easy task. His idealized depictions of mid-century modern interiors, with lofty ceilings, lavish rugs and curvaceous wooden furniture, recall the idealism of the atomic age. However, though formal in their composition and detail, there is also something haunting and uneasy in these assemblages of yesteryear’s designer accoutrements,

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