2024 Exhibitions

Current  8 June 2024 - 6 July 2024

Andrew Browne

My Labyrinth

The labyrinth, a site of mystery, confusion, even desire, is ultimately a challenge to either traverse or experience inwardly

Together, Andrew Browne’s new paintings have a puzzling quality – their labyrinth tangles might function as a metaphor for life’s journey, complete with travails, confusion, disorientation, but also moments of revelation.

Rendered in an immaculate photo-derived style, the new pictures reveal his enduring interest in how we read – and misread – images, especially now in the age of AI and deep-fakes.

Using oil, alkyd aluminum pigment and acrylic, Browne creates his canvases with the help of brush, tape, and solvents to expose underlying layers, often flinging paint in search of immediacy.

‘Alkyd, a resin-based, oil-soluble paint, here combines with aluminium pigment to create the ‘silvery’ effect common to all these paintings, making them especially responsive to the changing conditions of ambient light,’ says Browne.

This is Andrew Browne’s tenth exhibition with Tolarno Galleries.  His new paintings attract the eye and the mind by bringing together curious urban observations in tightly made images for deeper looking.


Past  25 May 2024 - 1 June 2024

A&A

The Kissing Cabinet

The Kissing Cabinet is an exhibition of a new work by A&A (Adam and Arthur). It is the first of a series that epitomises A&A’s exploration of sculptural forms that intentionally blur the boundaries between art, craftsmanship, and design. The cabinet is visually captivating, standing tall with sinuous, curvy shapes and a bold colour palette rendered in the centuries-old craft of straw marquetry. The Kissing Cabinet’s true enchantment unfolds as it gracefully turns inside out, revealing hidden forms and secret compartments. On closing, the shapes converge like abstracted kissing lips. This captivating blend of soft movement and hidden function elevates The Kissing Cabinet beyond furniture, transforming it into a poetic and sensual object.

Pictured: Adam Goodrum and Arthur Seigneur in their studio workshop. Photo: Pier Carthew 2023.


Past  13 April 2024 - 11 May 2024

Amos Gebhardt

In memory of stars

Naarm/Melbourne, Australia: Tolarno Galleries is pleased to present Amos Gebhardt’s new exhibition, In memory of stars.

This exhibition expands on Gebhardt’s recent large-scale lightboxes from the same series installed along the Birrarung (Yarra River) for PHOTO 24. Notably, the work ‘Wallaby’, presented in this exhibition, also won the prestigious William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize in 2022.

“Western cosmologists say bones are made from material traces of incredibly rare, calcium-rich supernovas, which are the explosive death and afterlife of unique stars,” says Gebhardt.

“In memory of stars contemplates lost futures created by ongoing colonial impacts in the form of native animal bones sourced from veterinary and scientific archives.”

Gebhardt’s glowing images delineate the exquisite skeletons of seven native animals killed on Wadawurrung country and oceans off the coast of Australia.

They are arrayed as seven lightboxes on one wall of Gallery 1 in a spiralling sequence of ghost-likehauntings: wallaby, speckled maskray, possum, flounder, cockatoo, moray and dragonfish.

“These works interweave X-ray technology with elements including satellite and long exposure photography of the night sky on Wadawurrung country, where the land animals were found,” says Gebhardt.

“This involved the layering of light frequencies so small they pass through skin, and others so vast they began millions of light years away.”

Gebhardt’s detail-rich lightboxes invite close inspection, revealing information not visible to the naked eye as a way to speak to colonial violences that may be deliberately hidden or erased.

“The architecture of these skeletons are visually complex and wondrous,” says Gebhardt. “While some remain intact for the purposes of scientific exploration, others reveal injuries from technologies such as lawnmowers, fish-hooks, vehicles and firearms.”

“I’m interested in the way dominant societies are haunted by that which they attempt to erase. By enhancing the luminosity of these once animated bones with elements such as fire, smoke, stars and cloud, the work suggests the entangled lines of connection between cosmology, trauma and sentience,” says Gebhardt.

Amos Gebhardt would like to thank the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and Dr Paola Balla for their generous time, knowledge sharing and consultation.

Thank you to Kane Wilson and the CSIRO for their support and generosity. Marine archival documents courtesy of CSIRO.

This series was supported by Arts South Australia.

 

Pictured above: Amos Gebhardt, Wallaby, 2023, detail


Past  1 March 2024 - 6 April 2024

Rosemary Laing

swansongs

In this exhibition, Laing prints on the materials of our renovated lives: acrylic used for splash backs and lightboxes; high end packaging used in retail displays; fluted cardboard used for packaging. This truth to recycled materials provides a further level of insight into swansongs: life’s waste coalesces with life’s losses. The time has come to work with what remains and that which survives.

Presented as part of
PHOTO 2024

GALLERY 1

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Past  17 February 2024 - 23 March 2024

Ben Quilty

Sonny

GALLERY 2

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Past  10 January 2024 - 24 February 2024

Elizabeth Willing, Georgia Spain, Guruwuy Murrinyina, Hannah Gartside, Justine Varga

FLYING OUT (FIRECRACKER)

Flying Out (Firecracker)

featuring

Hannah Gartside
Guruwuy Murrinyina
Georgia Spain
Justine Varga
Elizabeth Willing

“… five distinct voices, but they share a quality found in the most special art, where the works exist in excess of themselves, overflowing with feelings, ideas, stories and desires. Yet the right to this aesthetic intensity for women was never a historical given. As art critic Jennifer Higgie makes clear in The Mirror and the Palette, for hundreds of years women artists fought for the space and time to fulfill their curiosities and drives—it’s a lineage that leads to exhibitions like Flying out (firecracker).”

Tiarney Miekus 2024

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