Jason Cordero

DESIDERIUM

21 May — 8 June 2024

Born 1973, Adelaide
Lives and works in Adelaide

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In his 1935 essay, The Conquest of the Irrational, Salvador Dali referred to his artistic process as the "paranoiac-critical method," which he described as a "spontaneous method of irrational understanding based upon the interpretative critical association of delirious phenomena." Dali believed he could access the deepest recesses of his subconscious mind and explore the irrational and fantastical aspects of reality. His paintings were windows into his inner world, where dreams, fears, and desires intersected with external stimuli. By allowing his thoughts and emotions to flow freely without logic or reason, he could embrace the irrationality of the unconscious mind to transcend the limitations of rational thought—welcoming the unexpected imagery through the psychological phenomena of pareidolia.

With an echo of familiarity, Jason Cordero's Desiderium materialises from the depths of his subconscious. Landscapes transcend geographical boundaries and turn inwards. His archetypal motifs—mountains soaring towards the heavens, trees reaching for the sky, clouds captured in a rush of deepening hues—become a dreamscape that transcends space and time. He quests for a "Golden Age," a mythical epoch imbued with the promise of fulfilment and transcendence. Yet, this utopian horizon remains beyond his reach; a fleeting attempt to capture the ineffable essence of longing itself.

It is a longing not just for tangible landscapes, but for mythic realms and narratives steeped in ancient lore. Drawing inspiration from Greek mythology, Egyptian mysticism, and Mediterranean antiquity, his anthropomorphic scenes become a conduit for timeless narratives, where sweeping branches reach out like the disembodied limbs of dryads, and mountains echo the power of ancient deities like the Pagan mother.

Cordero eschews photographic reference, opting for intuitive formation and instinctive expression. Despite an existing fascination with inhospitable landforms and harsh outcrops, he nonetheless begins to evoke softer vistas; perhaps reminiscent of Australian terrain. The paintings evolve organically through his assessment and response to the image as it emerges. At the inception of a work, what is being created is far from certain—by abandoning predetermined structure, the composition and palette resolves itself as the work develops.

Axes are ambiguous, and diptychs hang interchangeably. Each orientation denies the other, leaving us suspended in a state of perpetual anticipation—a paradox of incompleteness. It is a collective yearning for something we know is tangible. We long for a conclusion that exists just beyond our reach, and yet we remain and ponder, as if the impossible answer might just eventually reveal itself to us.

Anthea Mentzalis
May, 2024

 

\ Exhibition featured works

Jason Cordero

A Singular Coincidence

2024 \ Oil on aluminium panel \ 40 x 40cm

Jason Cordero

ARTWORK PRICELIST - JASON CORDERO "DESIDERIUM" EXHIBITION

Jason Cordero

As Erebus Eavesdropped

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

Jason Cordero

As We Drew Closer

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

Jason Cordero

Each Bore the Other's Weight

2024 \ Oil on aluminium panel \ 30 x 40cm

Jason Cordero

No Matter the Approach

2024 \ Oil on aluminium panel \ 40 x 40cm

SOLD

Jason Cordero

On Arriving it was Time To Depart

2024 \ Oil on aluminium panel \ 30 x 40cm

SOLD

Jason Cordero

On Second Sight

2024 \ Oil on aluminium panel \ 40 x 40cm

SOLD

Jason Cordero

The Age of Longing

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm, Finalist - 2024 Glover Prize

Jason Cordero

The Garden Who's Name Is Not Known

2024 \ Oil on aluminium panel \ 40 x 30cm

SOLD

Jason Cordero

The Garden of Mnemosyne

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 183 x 244cm

Jason Cordero

The Island That Never Was

2024 \ Oil on aluminium panel \ 30 x 40cm

Jason Cordero

The One Who Is Always There

2024 \ Oil on aluminium panel \ 40 x 80cm

SOLD

Jason Cordero

The Ouroboros's Longing

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 183 x 244cm

SOLD

Jason Cordero

The Pillars of Janus

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 183 x 244cm

Jason Cordero

The Refugium

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

Jason Cordero

The Silent Conversation

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

Jason Cordero

The Wanderer Pursued

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 152cm

Jason Cordero

The Waters Knew the Way

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 183cm

Jason Cordero

There Was but One

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 152cm

Jason Cordero

When the Sun Sets in the East

2024 \ Oil on aluminium panel \ 30 x 40cm

Jason Cordero

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\ Other exhibitions

Renata Pari-Lewis

WHAT I HAVE HELD

12 June — 29 June 2024

Matt Coyle

PAINTINGS

23 May — 8 June 2024

Peter Gardiner

THE INDULGENCES

30 April — 18 May 2024

Contact Us

to find out more about DESIDERIUM.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm Closed Public Holidays (and Easter Saturday)