John Citizen limits his subject matter to contemporary interiors, which suggest their source in design magazines. The discordant colours and compressed perspective imply Citizen is commenting on the vacuousness of middle class, urban life and its values. John Citizen is an alter-ego for established artist Gordon Bennett, used by Bennett as a pseudonym to avoid associations with his reputation as a successful contemporary and Indigenous artist. Citizen is an identity which operates as an ‘other’, a
status to which Bennett is sympathetic.
Interior (Grey Couch) 8 Jan 2007
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery (Melbourne)