News 2022


March

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.


March

Amos Gebhardt – finalist, National Photography Prize 2022

Congratulations to Amos Gebhardt, a finalist in the National Photography Prize 2022 on view at Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) 26 February – 5 June 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


February

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.


February

Christopher Langton at Melbourne Art Fair

Bad Biology

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.

Download the Bad Biology PDF catalogue

Click to view the Bad Biology online exhibition

Image: Christopher Langton Zitball 2021, Thermoplastic polymer, silicone, pigment, 116 x 118 x 115 cm


February

Melbourne Art Fair 2022

Tolarno Galleries presents Bad Biology, a solo exhibition by Christopher Langton at Melbourne Art Fair, 17-20 February 2022. The immersive sculpture installation continues themes the artist has explored in his 2019 Tolarno exhibition Colony and the 2021 show Colonies at Hazelhurst Arts Centre, NSW.

As part of the invitational BEYOND sector, Caroline Rothwell will present the 6 channel video installation Infinite Herbarium accompanied by several suspended sculptures. Visit Tolarno Galleries to view the related paintings.

Click to view the Online Exhibition and available works.

Image: Caroline Rothwell Red Picasso 2021, canvas, acrylic gypsum cement, stainless steel armature, paint, epoxy glass, hardware, 130 x 65 x 20 cm. Pictured with two Infinite Herbarium videos. Installation image by Tina Douglas


February

Benjamin Armstrong ‘Pictures for Thinking’

12 February – 5 March 2022
 
Tolarno Galleries opens the 2022 program on Saturday 12 February. Benjamin Armstrong will be in attendance from 1pm-4pm.

Pictures for Thinking has a wide breath of subjects: light, body, history, time, and measurement. Combinations of these subjects are used to elicit insights or to raise questions. In Bones III (pictured above) penetrating light becomes the source illuminating the shared structures of our varied bodies.
 
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, February 2022

Image: Benjamin Armstrong Bones III 2021, pigment and binder on polyester , 174 x 143.5 x 4 cm

Tolarno Galleries is operating as normal while the building is undergoing restoration. Enter as usual at 104 Exhibition Street and take the lift to Level 4.

Benjamin Armstrong Pictures for Thinking exhibition is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.