Braddon Snape

Suppression Order

4 July — 22 July 2023

LIves and works in Newcastle, NSW

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Suppression Order 

Braddon Snape's raison d'être is to hold a mirror to society. His sculptural forms question our accepted norms, practices, and history. The work is enigmatic. Indeed, the artist himself is an enigma—on the one hand, the sculptures are robustly industrial, yet there is a highly refined quality in their finish and profound academic intent that extends deeply into the theoretical. The innate tension in the materiality of his sculpture is manifest in the juxtaposition of surface and form. The mirrored and patent surfaces are folded and crushed into shapes imbued by an interplay of inflation and restriction. The delicately balanced structures, anchored in space, are entirely abstract yet, somehow intensely literal in their referencing of the human condition. This element points us to the personal in Snape’s sculptures. He wants us to acknowledge the emotional challenges and toll taken by existing in an over-interconnected and entangled world. However, the works remain beautifully positive beacons of hope, helping to navigate a path through.

On a macro level, human history is awash with stories of suppression and disruption. Usually, the restraints lead to massive upheaval and rebellion—it is invariably a matter of time. This cycle knows no geographical, historical, or racial boundaries. Snape is aware of the significant revolutionary moments of upheaval where paradigm shifts occur. The French Revolution of 1789 -1799 was the imperfect destruction of one form of feudal suppression into another. Ultimately, it would result in a system of democratic representation for the people born from the flames of societal revolt. At the time of writing, the fire of descent has once again ignited in France—the same place, a different time. It points to the shifting breaking points that exist and how they have morphed and moulded society throughout history. These are ultimately defining moments that have changed everything. 

There are implicit modernist references that Snape touches upon within the exhibition.  The heightened pop colour sensitivity and implied softness of his inflated forms have been bent at will, playing with our understanding of materiality. The anchoring of structures by hard vertical and horizontal steel lines  nods to the abstraction of Mondrian. It is form stripped to its structural essence. Snape is a brave and vital artist—he recognises that the artist's role moves beyond the beautiful. His work pushes us deep into an imperfect world yet, encourages us to find harmony in the tension that underlines our experience of existence.

Ralph Hobbs
July 2023

 

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Braddon Snape

Act of Suppression (Blackline)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and mirror polished stainless steel. Painted steel and stainless steel hardware \ H: 130cm W: 53.5cm D: 14.5cm

SOLD

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Act of Suppression (Compression)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and powdercoated stainless steel \ H: 58cm W: 26.5cm D: 25cm

SOLD

Act of Suppression (Delivered)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and powdercoated stainless steel. Oxidised and oiled steel \ H: 70cm W: 190cm D: 130cm

SOLD

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Act of Suppression (Demarcation)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and mirror polished stainless steel. Painted steel and stainless steel hardware \ H: 120cm W: 195cm D: 31cm

SOLD

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Act of Suppression (Double Whammy)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and powdercoated stainless steel. Powdercoated steel and stainless steel hardware \ H: 73cm W: 160cm D: 49cm

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Act of Suppression (Impression)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and powdercoated stainless steel \ H: 57cm W: 19cm D: 10cm

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Act of Suppression (Limited Green Space)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and powdercoated stainless steel \ H: 62cm W: 40cm D: 56cm

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Act of Suppression (Redline)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and mirror polished stainless steel. Painted steel and stainless steel hardware \ H: 52cm W: 75cm D: 14cm

SOLD

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Act of Suppression (Repression)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and powdercoated stainless steel. Painted steel and stainless steel hardware \ H: 239.5cm W: 58cm D: 21cm

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Act of Suppression (Slight Shift)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and mirror polished stainless steel. Painted steel and stainless steel hardware \ H: 120cm W: 24cm D: 8cm

SOLD

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Act of Suppression (Small Delivery in Red)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and mirror polished stainless steel, and painted steel \ H: 23cm W: 41.5cm D: 39.5cm

SOLD

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Act of Suppression (Small Delivery in Yellow)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and mirror polished stainless steel, and painted steel \ H: 18.5cm W: 46.5cm D: 43.5cm

HOLD

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Act of Suppression (The Green)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and powdercoated stainless steel. Painted steel and stainless steel hardware \ H: 107cm W: 170cm D: 35cm

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Act of Suppression (Two-Fold)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and mirror polished stainless steel. Painted steel and stainless steel hardware

SOLD

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Act of Suppression (with little resistance)

2023 \ Welded, cold inflated and mirror polished stainless steel. Welded, cold inflated and painted stainless steel. Painted steel and stainless steel hardware \ H: 140cm W: 52cm D: 13cm

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm