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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.


December

TIM JOHNSON ‘Creed’

30 November 2021 – 6 February 2022
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Summer Salon Show
Sofi’s Lounge, Level 1
25 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

Or click here to view the online exhibition.

In association with Tolarno Galleries, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is delighted to present the exhibition Creed, comprising four new paintings by Tim Johnson. A distinguished senior Australian artist whose career started in the late 1960s, his artistic practices have seen him explore conceptual and performance art, live music, photography and decades of dynamic painting for which he is largely known.
In the early 1980s, with a dedicated focus on painting, Johnson spent time learning from and collaborating with Aboriginal artists from the Pintupi, Warlpiri and Anmatyerr communities at Papunya in the Western Desert – a profoundly influential period in his artistic development.
Johnson’s work draws on a diverse range of eclectic cultural references, combining iconography and various motifs from Aboriginal, Buddhist and east Asian, native American sources alongside his own unique personal imagery of such things as UFOs, views of his native Sydney and his family in an exploration of artistic and spiritual connections across cultures.

With thanks to Global Art Projects for curating and delivering this project. Entry to Sofi’s Lounge at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins is free and open every day.

Image: Tim Johnson with his painting Thredbo Valley 2021 at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins


November

BROOK ANDREW

seeing time
27 November – 18 December 2021
Opening hours: 1pm-4pm Sat, 10am-5pm Tue-Fri

Or visit the online exhibition.

seeing time is Brook Andrew‘s new body of work reflecting on and abstracting the concept of time and mark-making. That is, how one perceives and hopes to either manipulate, push against or fall into time.

These paintings were created during 2021 and centre on Brook’s alternative visions of time and mark-making outside the Western art canon. This is a contribution to current challenges and dialogues around decolonisation, which is for him, a progression towards a state of yindyamarra-gunhanha (ongoing respect).

yindyamarra-gunhanha is a term Brook has developed to deal with the often challenging space of museum research and repatriation. His signature black and white patterns are adopted from his Wiradjuri cultural heritage. By doing so, he reinforces the strength and cultural continuity of the Wiradjuri for himself and others.

Image: seeing time installation image (L-R) seeing time VIIIseeing time IXseeing time Xseeing time VII all 2021, mixed media on linen, 235 x 235 cm. Photograph by Andrew Curtis.


November

Caroline Rothwell ‘Horizon’

26 June – 28 November 2021
Hazelhurst Arts Centre, NSW

Sydney-based artist Caroline Rothwell explores the intersection of art and science. Through sculpture, collaged historical prints and digital animations, Rothwell invites viewers to consider our relationship with the natural environment. Commissioned for Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Horizon looks out from an immediate frame of reference to the infinite and considers future possibilities.

In recent years Rothwell has been making regular site visits to Kurnell in Sydney’s south, the site of first encounters between Europeans and First Nations people on the east coast of Australia. In the Untitled series of works Rothwell slices into several of Joseph Banks’ Florilegium – the original engravings of botanical specimens collected at Kamay (Botany Bay) in 1770. Into each engraving she has inserted a pink tongue painted in watercolour, where its sinuous form disrupts the pages and their historical significance. The tongue is a repeated motif, weaving it way throughout the exhibition.

The installation also comprises a series of sculptural works and found objects, large-scale, digitally manipulated photographs of morphed weed species and video works.

Caroline Rothwell’s most recent exhibition was Bloom Lab at Tolarno Galleries in September 2021.

Image: Caroline Rothwell Blue Cabinet 2019 sculpture with Untitled 2019 works on paper (watercolour on Arches paper collage, on Joseph Banks’ Florilegium a la pope print from copper plate engraving)


November

Christopher Langton ‘Colonies’

Hazelhurst Arts Centre, NSW
26 June – 28 November 2021

Christopher Langton is known for his sculptures and large inflatables that explore themes around pop culture, video gaming and science fiction. Colonies was commissioned for Hazelhurst, and follows Langton’s 2019 Colony exhibition at Tolarno Galleries.

The immersive installation explores ideas of space colonisation while considering issues around our shared ecology. With obvious reference to science fiction and biology, the gallery is filled with asteroids, meteorites and other celestial bodies along with real and imagined organisms in the shape of viruses, bacteria and fungi.

The sculptures in Colonies were 3D printed, using a machine designed by the artist and built using open source information and software. Three large inflatable works are constructed using patterns and PVC which are then painted and later inflated onsite.

The works are printed using polylactic acid or PLA, a sustainable thermoplastic polyester which is produced from corn starch and sugar cane and is biodegradable.

Image: Colonies installation view by Silversalt Photography, courtesy Hazelhurst Arts Centre


October

Danie Mellor ‘A History of Images’

21 October – 20 November 2021

Click to view the online exhibition.

Danie Mellor‘s new suite of paintings A History of Images provide an intimate glimpse into a pictorial past, a collection of experiences that lie in archival memory beyond our tangible reach.

‘A History of Images’ marks the first time I’m actively trying to convey the complexity of having Aboriginal and colonial settler ancestry. This is my past and our past; this is also our present. – Danie Mellor

Image: DANIE MELLOR Promises 2021, acrylic on board with gesso and iridescent wash, 40.5 x 30.4 cm