TOM POLO
tricky mirror
19 November – 17 December 2022

STATION | MELBOURNE

Tom Polo works across painting and installation to explore how conversation, gesture and emotional exchange can be transformed into recordings of social interaction and the self. Polo’s practice is characterised by his distinctive style of abstracted figuration, rendered in bold, expansive fields of colour. tricky mirror presents a suite of new paintings and neons which continue Polo’s exploration into personal encounters and emotional exchange. These works offer glimpses of partially concealed and fractured figures, rendered in his characteristic use of colour, stain, shape and line. Through Polo’s reflective – and reflexive – cast of characters, we are encouraged to consider the proximities between ourselves and others – visible through a two-way mirror, veiled in distance and doubt.

Installation Views

Artworks

Tom Polo
soft shield, how do I reach you 2022
neon

Tom Polo
tricky mirror 2022
acrylic, Flashe and wax pastel on canvas
213.0 x 396.0 cm, two parts

Tom Polo
other options (mask for a mask) 2022
acrylic, Flashe and wax pastel on canvas
213.0 x 198.0 cm

Tom Polo
bloom (other sides of you) 2022
acrylic, Flashe and wax pastel on canvas
213.0 x 198.0 cm

Tom Polo
slow ghost (blend in or disappear) 2022
acrylic, Flashe and wax pastel on canvas
213.0 x 198.0 cm

Tom Polo
free style feeling reel 2022
acrylic, Flashe and wax pastel on canvas
213.0 x 198.0 cm

Tom Polo
don't forget to let go 2022
acrylic, Flashe and wax pastel on canvas
60.0 x 50.0 cm

Tom Polo
soft reserves 2022
acrylic, Flashe and wax pastel on canvas
182.0 x 138.0 cm

Tom Polo
slow listener, forever falling 2022
acrylic, Flashe and wax pastel on canvas
182.0 x 138.0 cm

Tom Polo
divide in the dark (no less, no you) 2022
acrylic Flashe and wax pastel on canvas
182.0 x 138.0 cm

Tom Polo
breathe me, slip in skin 2022
acrylic, Flashe and wax pastel on canvas
182.0 x 209.0 cm, two parts

Tom Polo
lelelelelegs 2022
acrylic, Flashe and wax pastel on canvas
182.0 x 71.0 cm

Tom Polo
mental spender 2022
acrylic, Flashe and wax pastel on canvas
182.0 x 71.0 cm