Coming soon: Elizabeth Willing – Forced Rhubarb
28 May – 18 June 2022
Forced Rhubarb is a new body of work from Elizabeth Willing, an installation of hand-printed and embroidered linens, accompanied by a floorwork made from sherbert-filled straws. Food is the catalyst Elizabeth Willing uses to translate the ineffable body, to reflect on the performance of eating, and facilitate multi-sensory experiences.
Since making a statement at the Melbourne Art Fair in 2018 with the installation Strawberry Thief featuring a William Morris-inspired wallpaper print using native Brisbane ingredients, hand-carved wooden sculptures, the Anxiolytic cocktail performance and collages of fruit cakes accompanied by a bright pink carpet, Willing has since held solo exhibitions at University of Queensland Art Museum, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Kuiper Artspace Brisbane (all 2019) and Museum of Brisbane (2020).
In this new body of work, the Linens, Willing turns hosting into a solitary method, sublimating the obligation of labour, duty of service, and commitment of time into form. Mining a personal archive of colourful test prints, each a fragment of research from the past ten years.
The floor installation Moviprep (pictured) stretches across the expanse under our feet in huge loops, one continuous tube made from over one thousand individual sherbet filled straws.
Finalists in the 2022 Telstra NATSIAAs, Wynne, Sulman and National Works on Paper prizes
Congratulations to Tolarno Galleries’ artists who have recently been announced as finalists in several major awards.
Kieren Karritpul and Wanapati Yunupiŋu are finalists in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) 2022 at the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory.
Danie Mellor is a finalist in both the Sir John Sulman Prize and the Wynne Prize, while Patricia Piccinini is the subject of Natasha Bieniek’s portrait which is an Archibald Prize finalist at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Peter Atkins and Justine Varga are finalists in the 2022 National Works on Paper at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.
Image: Danie Mellor After the end of the world, acrylic and gesso on linen, 152 x 213.4 cm. Sir John Sulman Prize 2022 finalist.
Danie Mellor – PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography
29 April – 21 May 2022
Danie Mellor’s latest exhibition redux is on view now and presented as part of the PHOTO 2022 festival.
Read more about Danie Mellor’s photography in the article More than meets the eye: Danie Mellor captures the things we cannot see | Using infra-red photography, the artist uncovers a haunting spectrum of people and stories from another time, published in The Age (28 April 2022).
Image: DANIE MELLOR The persistent light (bala yubanday) 2022. Chromogenic print on metallic photographic paper 188 x 116 cm. Edition of 3 + 2AP
Danie Mellor at PHOTO 2022
redux reveals connections between disparate histories and experiences. The works are an uncanny reminder of environmental impacts, and contrast acutely with images of intact rainforest ecologies. It is also a reminder of the often-violent displacement of Aboriginal people and knowledge systems, with civilising enterprise failing to acknowledge the value of cultural systems embedded in story, Dreaming and Country. Featuring selected images printed on highly polished surfaces, the viewer is reflected and brought into the work as witness to changes that unfolded in and on our landscapes.
We invite you to join us for the up late opening from 5pm – 8pm on Friday 29 April. Danie Mellor will be in conversation with Tyson Yunkaporta between 6pm-7pm. Bookings not required, all welcome.
Tyson Yunkaporta is an academic, arts critic and researcher who belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. He is the author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World (Text Publishing, 2019) and a senior research fellow and founder of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab at Deakin University in Melbourne.
Image: Danie Mellor The far country 2022, chromogenic print on metallic photographic paper face-mounted to clear acrylic 180 x 240 cm overall, two panels each 180 x 120 cm.
Announcing representation: Hannah Gartside
Tolarno Galleries is delighted to announce representation of Hannah Gartside (born 1987, London, UK; lives and works in Naarm/Melbourne).
Gartside is currently on view at Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists, the annual Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney showcase of Australian artists aged 35 years and under.
Her installation of five kinetic textile sculptures each represent an iconic female figure of the past – dancer Loïe Fuller (1862-1928), painter Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-c.1654), Tarot card illustrator Pamela ‘Pixie’ Colman Smith (1878-1951), Biblical ur-woman Lilith, and actor Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923).
Made from 19th and 20th century clothes and fabric, the works were designed with their subjects’ personal histories in mind – splays of red velvet evoke the violent scenes of Artemisia Gentileschi’s renowned 17th century paintings, a sail of pink silk crêpe honours Loïe Fuller’s pioneering stage lighting designs and moving fabric costuming.
The suspended forms assert their bodily presence, choreographically revolving and whirring. These works highlight the erasure of women from the canon of art history, and ongoing gender inequality more broadly.
Embedded in feminism and material culture, Gartside uses vintage and found textiles to create installations, sculptures and costumes. Skills of dress-making, patchwork quilting and fabric dyeing accrued during her former career as a theatre costumier at Queensland Ballet are elevated to the conceptually rigorous. Both deeply personal and fiercely communal, Gartside’s works engage fundamental experiences and emotions of our human condition: longing, tenderness, connection, desire and wonderment.
Hannah Gartside is a finalist in the upcoming Ellen José Art Award at Bayside Gallery, Victoria, a $15,000 non-acquisitive award to a female visual artist aged 18-35 years, on view from July 2022. She will next exhibit in the June 2022 group show Text Tile, a showcase of textile based practices of over 50 artists within Australia and New Zealand, at Caves Gallery in Melbourne.
Tolarno Galleries will present a solo exhibition by Hannah Gartside in 2023. Visit her artist page for more information and images of her work.
Image: Hannah Gartside with her sculptures Lilith, Pixie and Artemisia at Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Photography by Louis Lim.
A & A at Melbourne Design Week
A & A
Mother and Child exhibition
17 Mar – 9 Apr 2022
Tolarno Galleries is delighted to announce participation in Melbourne Design Week 2022, premiering another breathtaking, innovative new work by A & A, the collaboration between industrial designer Adam Goodrum and straw marquetry superstar Arthur Seigneur.
The exhibition is part of Melbourne Design Week 2022, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV. Join Adam and Arthur in conversation 1.30pm on Saturday 19 March at Tolarno Galleries.
Explore more than 350 events including talks, tours, films, exhibitions and workshops that celebrate the diverse ways design can help create a better future. Visit designweek.melbourne to view the full program.
Image: Arthur Seigneur and Adam Goodrum with the Mother and Child cabinet 2021-22, custom dyed rye straw, birch ply, 200h x 140w x 35d cm. Photography by Andrew Curtis
Now representing Wanapati Yunupiŋu
Tolarno Galleries is thrilled to announce representation of Wanapati Yunupiŋu(born 1989, homeland Biranybirany; clan Gumatj, Rrakpala group; moiety Yirritja). Wanapati recently presented his debut solo exhibition at the 2022 Melbourne Art Fair.
Wanapati works on found and discarded street signs and metal forms, etching his sacred Gumatj clan designs and narratives into their surface using a rotary tool. In 2021 Wanapati was included in the ground-breaking and sell out exhibition Murrŋiny – a story of metal from the east at the Northern Centre of Contemporary Art (NCCA) in partnership with Salon Art Projects.
Wanapati was a finalist in the 2021 NATSIAA award with his works on discarded baking trays. He was selected to hold a solo exhibition as part of the 2022 Melbourne Art Fair Indigenous Art Centre Program, a new initiative supporting the participation of Indigenous-owned contemporary art centres at Melbourne Art Fair.
Wanapati was awarded the $10,000 First Nations Commission Supported by Bennelong Funds Management for Gurtha. The artwork will be gifted to Shepparton Art Museum.
Tolarno Galleries will present a solo exhibition by Wanapati Yunupiŋu in February 2023, in partnership with the Indigenous art centre Buku Larrŋgay Mulka located in Yirrkala, North East Arnhemland, NT.
Image: Wanapati Yunupiŋu with recent artworks. Photograph courtesy Buku Larrŋgay Mulka.
Amos Gebhardt – finalist, National Photography Prize 2022
Inaugurated in 1983, the National Photography Prize brings together twelve artists from across Australia who are challenging and extending photographic language and techniques. Three of Amos Gebhardt’s triptychs are on display: House of Slé (2021), Eric (2020) and Family Portrait (2020).
The National Photography Prize 2022 forms part of PHOTO 2022 international festival of photography, activating sites across Melbourne and Regional Victoria, including Albury-Wodonga, with the most inspiring photography from Australia and around the world.
Image: Amos Gebhardt Eric archival inkjet pigment print, trifold hinged triptych. Overall 94 x 246 cm framed, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Benjamin Armstrong extended to 12 March 2022
Benjamin Armstrong Pictures for Thinking exhibition has been extended until Saturday 12 March 2022.
The making of these artworks is akin to a chemical spill. It is an accident with an unpredictable result, but one in which chance and intuition coalesce. The entangled methodologies that bring these pictures to fruition include, in no particular order or hierarchy, the conventional mediums of print, drawing and painting. – Benjamin Armstrong
Pictures for Thinking can also be viewed online here.
Image: Benjamin Armstrong Examination, Night 2021, pigment & binder on polyester, 123 x 138.5 x 4 cm
Benjamin Armstrong Pictures for Thinking exhibition is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.
Christopher Langton at Melbourne Art Fair
Melbourne Art Fair, MCEC, Booth E1
17–20 February 2022
It is perhaps no coincidence that the graphic representation of the Coronavirus that we have become familiar with through news reporting over the course of the pandemic is startlingly like the strange, globular forms of Christopher Langton’s new installation Bad Biology, 2022. With its orb-like anatomy and tufts of cellular material, COVID-19 and its various mutations would be perfectly at home amongst the strange, and strangely appealing ‘creatures’ that populate Langton’s newly-created world. While based on real-life knowledge and study of the virus, the ‘image’ that we are now overly familiar with and recognise as Coronavirus also shares the 1950s Pop sci-fi sensibility of Langton’s brightly hued asteroids and mutant forms, along with the way in which their seemingly organic or ‘natural’ components manifest in terrifyingly ‘unnatural’ and unknown lifeforms. – from the essay by Kelly Gellatly.
Image: Christopher Langton Zitball 2021, Thermoplastic polymer, silicone, pigment, 116 x 118 x 115 cm