Posted: 11 June 2021
Tolarno Galleries is open again during normal hours following the lifting of Melbourne’s lockdown restrictions. Please sign in using the QR code upon entry and masks must be worn indoors.
Andrew Browne Shoegazer 2.0 continues until 19 June or visit online.
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Image: Shoegazer 2.0 installation image photographed by Andrew Curtis.
Congratulations to Patricia Piccinini who has just unveiled A Miracle Constantly Repeated, a world premiere commission for the inaugural Rising Festival. The multi-room installation takes over the mythical Flinders Street Station Ballroom and surrounding chambers in the heart of Melbourne.
Opening on 26 May 2021 and continuing for several months, this is Piccinini’s most extensive hometown exhibition in two decades. Described as “an eco-system of hyper-real silicone sculptures, video, sound and light… Australia’s foremost visual artist will augment the ballroom’s architecture with enormous dioramas, sentient saplings, nurturing marine mammals and enormous life-sustaining foliage.”
Image: PATRICIA PICCININI La Brava 2021, silicone, fibreglass, hair, Ed 1 of 4 + 1 AP. Photograph by Tina Douglas.
22 May – 19 June 2021
Meet the artist: Saturday 22 May, 1pm – 4pm
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
– Leonard Cohen
In 2020, Melbourne artist Andrew Browne spent the long COVID-19 lockdown developing Shoegazer, a series of drawings premiering online in August 2020. A playful allusion to Shoegaze, a 1990s subgenre of indie rock, the title refers more to subjects and prompts found close at hand… almost underfoot.
These drawings of modest subjects, rich in association, serve as touchstones for Shoegazer 2.0, Andrew Browne’s new collection of paintings: the accidental abstractions of foot-path repairs; a tenacious dandelion emerging from a crevice; a spill of obscure yet florescent liquid; a crazy-patterned mural, or so much carelessly discarded detritus.
As paintings, these introspective images now loom large and take on a heightened significance. Browne highlights uncanny juxtapositions, flashes of colour and discovers secret portals. In these fleeting street scenes, moments of humour, joy and reverie are captured.
Continuing Andrew Browne’s longheld interest in landscape and surreal natural phenomena, Shoegazer 2.0 shines a light on visions that reflect and connect us all.
Click here to view Shoegazer 2.0 online.
Image: Andrew Browne Rockaway 2021, oil & aluminium pigment on linen, 191 x 132 cm