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April

Justine Varga | ‘Tachisme’ | online now

Known for her luminous photographs, some made with a camera and some without (and some made with a combination of the two), Justine Varga premieres a new body of work available to view online in the Tolarno Galleries Viewing Space until 5 May.

Tachisme ruptures any clear distinction between photography and painting. The negatives from which these photographs derive were smeared and stained with pigment during their long exposures. When these negatives are then printed from, at large-scale in the darkroom, the latent inscriptions are revealed to intermingle with the distinctive signature of the artist’s fingertips, a trace of touching that is generally forbidden in the production of photographs.

Justine Varga has always seen her photography in these terms, as a drawing with light, or more literally as a light-sensitive substrate on which she makes marks or allows the world to leave its own marks. These photographs are therefore the making visible of an art practice that is at once physical and chemical, autobiographical and contingent, painterly and photographic. In doing so, Tachisme asks viewers to reflect on the activity of decipherment in relation to photographs, making this exhibition a critical rumination on inscription, meaning and knowledge.

…an art that is abject and yet strangely alluring. Infectious in every sense of the word, once seen, Justine Varga’s photographs are stains that cannot be removed from the mind’s eye, and for that very reason powerfully embody the anxieties and uncertainties that pervade our present moment. – Andrés Mario Zervigón, Professor of the History of Photography at Rutgers University, USA.

Read more about Justine Varga in the Issue 49 Artist Profile cover story in 2019.

Image: Justine Varga Visage (2018-19). Chromogenic photograph, 146.2 x 111.5 cm (image size) / 161.2 x 122.5 cm (image including borders), edition of 5 + 2 AP


March

Brent Harris at 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

 

On view from 29 February at Art Gallery of South Australia is the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres curated by Leigh Robb.

Contact us to request available Brent Harris works from Monster Theatres.

The exhibition features a large body of work by Brent Harris, including ten of Harris’ iconic Grotesquerie paintings and premiering several new paintings and prints including more (pictured).

Leigh Robb says, ‘Monsters ask us to interrogate our relationships with each other, the environment and technology. They force us to question our empathy towards difference across race, gender, sexuality and spirituality’.

2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres, 29 February – 8 June 2020.

Image: Brent Harris more 2019, oil on linen , 244 x 175 cm


March

Spread Art Not Viruses

#spreadartnotviruses is a creative campaign by Charlie Xiao, collector, curator and instigator, in response to the impact of coronavirus COVID-19.

Originally from Beijing, China, in September 2019 the now Melbourne-based Xiao acquired Colony – the whole-of-gallery sculpture installation of viruses and bacteria by Christopher Langton, with plans to exhibit the work in China.

Through Colony, Xiao met Theodore Wohng, the founder of ZOME AR, whose office is just metres from Tolarno Galleries on Melbourne’s Exhibition Street. In collaboration with Wohng and Langton, Xiao has now instigated #spreadartnotviruses as an open invitation to artists, writers and other creative minds to contribute to the movement online via Instagram and ZOME AR.

Inspired by the eerily prescient Colony – a hyperreal manifestation of Christopher Langton’s own experiences of life-threatening disease and infection – #spreadartnotviruses intends to show solidarity with those affected in Wuhan and around the world.

Together, artists can support those who are affected by the virus and turn the negative experiences into something positive.

https://spreadartnotviruses.com/
https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/spreadartnotviruses/
https://www.zome-ar.com/

Read more on the #spreadartnotviruses project from March 2020 in:

Sydney Morning Herald 
ArtsHub
CBD News


February

Tolarno Galleries presents A&A at Melbourne Design Week 2020

 

Tolarno Galleries is pleased to announce participation in Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, 12 – 22 March 2020.

A&A is the collaboration of two practitioners from completely different disciplines and cultures: Australian industrial designer Adam Goodrum (Rigg Design Prize winner 2015) and straw marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur, a French émigré and one of an estimated 25 practitioners globally who maintain the 17th Century practice of straw marquetry.

A&A Exquisite Corpse / Cadavre Exquis is their debut solo exhibition premiering three new unique pieces: Talleo, a tallboy; Archant, a console; and Longbow, a credenza.

‘Exquisite Corpse’, the Surrealist parlour game, describes A&A’s process: Goodrum initiates the shape and pattern, and Seigneur finishes the works with hand-dyed straw in custom hues, and labour-intensive by-hand marquetry technique.

Read more at Wallpaper* magazine here and here, Australian Financial Review magazine, Art Guide, The Design Files, Vogue Living, Australian Design Review and AFR Life & Leisure. Not to mention Russian Architecture Digest and Newstrotteur France!

Exquisite Corpse / Cadavre Exquis is on view from 12–27 March 2020, by appointment.


February

Ben Quilty lunchtime talk

Tolarno Galleries will host a special lunchtime talk by Ben Quilty entitled The Ferals from 12.30pm-1.30pm Wednesday 19 February 2020.

Quilty will discuss his latest body of work, 150 Years, with particular focus on the major new multi-panel work 150 Year, Rorschach.

Ben Quilty 150 Years exhibition is on view at Tolarno Galleries until 29 February 2020.

Please RSVP to mail@tolarnogalleries.com to register your attendance.


February

Ben Quilty – book signing and ‘150 Years’ exhibition opening

We are pleased to announce that between 1pm and 2pm, prior to the 150 Years exhibition opening on Saturday 8 February, Ben Quilty will be available for a book signing in the gallery.

Neighbourhood Books will be selling copies of the recent hardback book, Ben Quilty, celebrating two decades of his work.

Read more about the exhibition in The Age.

Through Quilty’s ominous and heterogeneous approach in 150 Years each work invites us to participate in a critical discussion. The same Quilty who explored the spiritual hollowness of contemporary masculinity in paintings of passed-out mates is present here, yet these themes are refracted through the decades since, through experience, a global and pervasive uncertainty, and a tangible level of disillusionment. In an age of authoritarian revival, Quilty’s decades-long interrogation of masculinity is gaining momentum. – Milena Stojanovska

Ben Quilty 150 Years is on view 8 – 29 February 2020.