17 April – 15 May 2021
Meet the artist: 1pm – 4pm, Saturday 17 April 2021
In early April 2020 I found myself searching for some peace of mind amongst the chaos of the pandemic. One day, I heard someone on a podcast describe how a moth or butterfly doesn’t simply grow wings on its already fully formed caterpillar body, but breaks itself down into a kind of soup and slowly reforms itself in the cocoon, reusing its body parts to come out at the other end as a completely new creature…
During Melbourne’s long lockdown my studio and home became my cocoon, a place to grow and experiment. Usually, I spread my practice out between two studios – my home studio for painting and my sculpture workshop in Frankston. When the threat of limited movement loomed, I filled my car with bags of clay and adapted my home studio. With the paintings pinned to the wall, a conversation could take place between the two mediums – patterns, colours and forms flitting across the space.
This series depicts a spectrum of transformations, a diversity of personalities, patterns and forms, and a propensity for movement and flight within the immovable solidity of clay, plinth and frames.
They sprung from a year of isolation, as I slowly built my own community of butterfly and moth people to celebrate the hope of emerging transformed.
– Brendan Huntley, excerpt from the exhibition text
Image: Brendan Huntley Untitled (moth) 2020, oil pastel, dry pastel, oil and graphite on archival paper, 61.5 x 42 cm (framed)
Tolarno Galleries will be closed Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April.
Reopening on Tuesday 6 April for the final week of Tim Maguire’s exhibition Old World, New World.
The exhibition is also available in the online viewing space.
Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Easter break
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Image: Tim Maguire Untitled 20210101 2021, oil on canvas, 137 x 137 cm
12 March – 5 September 2021
Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA)
DIWIL is an immersive installation by the internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist and scholar, Brook Garru Andrew. The Wiradjuri word diwil translates to ‘collection’ and reflects on the artist’s relationship with objects, history, and Country.
The exhibition marks the premiere of GARRU NGAJUU NGAAY, a major new commission by MAMA. GARRU NGAJUU NGAAY (‘magpie, I see’) is a wall drawing and neon installation that fully surrounds audiences in the museum’s collection galleries.
Brook Garru Andrew’s matriarchal kinship is from the kalar midday (land of the three rivers) of Wiradjuri, and Ngunnawal on his mother’s father’s line, both Aboriginal nations of Australia, and paternally Celtic. He is driven by the collisions of intertwined narratives, often emerging from the mess of the “Colonial Hole”. He was Artistic Director of NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, 2020, and is currently Enterprise Professor, Interdisciplinary Practice at the University of Melbourne, Associate Professor, Fine Art at Monash University and Associate Researcher at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.
Image: Brook Garru Andrew, DIWIL, installation view, Murray Art Museum Albury, 2021. Photo Jeremy Weihrauch