Rosemary Laing ‘poems for recent times’

Tolarno Galleries is pleased to release the first works from Rosemary Laing‘s new series poems for recent times 2021 as an online exhibition.

Rosemary Laing originally trained as a painter before moving to the medium of photography in the late 1980s. Her project-based photographic work is often cinematic in vision and generally created with real-time performance and physical installation.

Laing’s work is concept-driven, her projects forming an ongoing narrative that tracks periods of time and events that have had an impact on cultural consciousness. With interventions undertaken in situ or through the use of choreographed performance work, Rosemary Laing’s practice engages with the politics of place and contemporary culture.

Her work is currently on view in the following exhibitions:
This Mortal Coil at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA  from 28 August — 11 December 2021 featuring a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes #5 2009 and a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes #12 2009.
Reversible Destiny: Australian and Japanese contemporary photography co-curated by Natalie King at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, 24 August — 31 October 2021 featuring effort and rush #1 2015 and effort and rush #9 (swanfires) 2013-2015.

Rosemary Laing is represented by Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, Galerie Conrads, Berlin
and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne


Caroline Rothwell | Bloom Lab | Virtual Exhibition

9 September – 2 October 2021

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Caroline Rothwell’s Bloom Lab evolves from her recent digital project Infinite Herbarium which launched concurrently at Museum of Contemporary Art as part of The National 2021: New Australian Art (26 March – 22 August 2021) and at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (26 March to 31 August 2021).

Made in collaboration with Google Creative Lab in Sydney, Infinite Herbarium, is a series of six, 28 minute HD video works, featuring a score by Theodore Wohng.

Each video was created using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine-learning processes, drawing on data-sets of imagery from the open-source Biodiversity Heritage Library as well as a series of recently photographed plants.

The Bloom Lab exhibition comprises the Infinite Herbarium six-video installation, along with companion works: three suspended sculptures, and paintings that have also drawn their forms from her hybrid digital archive.

Rothwell’s practice often responds to archival material in museums, public collections and journals, and here she takes primary research to a bold and innovative new digital artistic space.

Image: Caroline Rothwell Bloom Lab. Installation image by Tina Douglas.


Melbourne lockdown update

Friday 3 September 2021

While Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown continues, Tolarno Galleries remains temporarily closed.

Please contact the gallery via email: mail@tolarnogalleries.com

Browse our recent online exhibitions including:

Brent Harris The Stations 2021

Ben Quilty The Beach 

Bill Henson 2021

Andrew Browne Shoegazer 2.0

Brendan Huntley Without Within (Sculpture and Painting)

Tim Maguire Old World, New World

Justine Varga Tachisme

Image: Bill Henson Untitled 2001-2021, CL-SH441-N17G, archival inkjet pigment print, 180 x 127 cm


Announcing Georgia Spain

Tolarno Galleries is delighted to announce representation of Georgia Spain (b.1993 UK), a visual artist and musician currently living and working in Sandford, Tasmania on palawa land.

In the same week of June this year, Spain’s paintings won the 2021 Sir John Sulman Prize for Getting down or falling up, and the Women’s Art Prize Tasmania for Six Different Women. In 2020 Spain was the recipient of the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship.

Spain’s paintings explore the complexities of human behaviour; using narrative and storytelling to examine the cultural, political and personal. Her work frequently looks at ideas around human spectacle, theatricality, ritual and ceremony.

She is interested in the emotional and performative exchanges between people in social and psychological spaces and in her paintings physical connection is explored through bodies in groupings. Georgia Spain will present her first exhibition at Tolarno Galleries in 2022.

For her first work available through Tolarno Galleries, Georgia Spain is auctioning a brand new painting You, me and the weight 2021. All proceeds will go to the For Afghanistan fundraiser, organised by Ben Quilty. Click here to view the auction, running until Thursday 2 September 2021.


Brent Harris

The Stations 2021, online exhibition featuring a Q&A between Jane Devery and Brent Harris  about The Stations project.

Brent Harris is well known for haunting imagery that drifts between abstraction and figuration. For more than four decades, the artist has engaged in a sustained investigation into the human condition, producing paintings, prints and drawings that address universal themes such as intimacy, desire, spirituality, sexuality and mortality.

More than thirty years ago, Harris produced a series on the Stations of the Cross for which he received widespread critical acclaim as a young artist.

In 2020, Harris returned to the subject with The Stations 2021, a new body of work comprising 14 polymer gravure etchings with watercolour. The series was printed and editioned at Viridian Press, Benalla by John Loane.

This project was generously supported by Paul Walker and Patricia Mason.


Tolarno Galleries closure

Melbourne lockdown: Update 17 August 2021

Tolarno Galleries is closed during the extended Melbourne lockdown.

We look forward to reopening as soon as possible.

In the meantime, the current Ben Quilty exhibition The Beach is available to view online.

Contact us via mail@tolarnogalleries.com for enquiries while we are working from home.

Image: Ben Quilty Peanut Eaters no.2 2021 oil on linen 142.5 x 188 cm. Installation image by Andrew Curtis.


Announcing Kieren Karritpul

Tolarno Galleries is delighted to announce representation of Kieren Karritpul (b. 1994), a Ngen’giwumirri artist who lives in the small community of Nauiyu (Daly River) southwest of Darwin.

A 2021 Ramsay Art Prize finalist, Karritpul won the inaugural Youth Award at the 2014 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. In 2020 he won the National Indigenous Fashion Award for Textile Design, resulting in a collaboration with Country Road Homewares.

As a Ngen’giwumirri man, Karritpul is not permitted to weave, instead he paints magnified views of woven objects and fibres. Weaving Myself: the Landscape and the Land, on view until 22 August at @agsa.adelaide as part of the Ramsay Art Prize 2021 exhibition, was painted using two brushes, one made with his own hair. He uses the weaving process as a visual metaphor for land and landscape. The painting is a magnified view of the woven surface that stands for the breathing lands of his Country. Karritpul feels he was born woven into the land. Using repetition and line he creates a surface that moves like human breath.

Tolarno Galleries will present a Kieren Karritpul solo exhibition in 2022.

image: Kieren Karritpul with his paintingWeaving Myself: the Landscape and the Land. Photo by Saul Steed, courtesy Art Gallery of South Australia.


2021 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize Finalists

Congratulations to Danie Mellor (artwork pictured) and Justine Varga on their selection as finalists in the 2021 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize.

Visit the Monash Gallery of Art from Thursday 9 September – Sunday 7 November 2021 to view this year’s Bowness exhibition. Award announcement Thursday 16 September 2021.

The winning work will be awarded $30,000.00 and will be acquired into MGA’s nationally significant collection of Australian photographs.

Image: DANIE MELLOR Jindagaa [ancestor]: at the fall of night 2021, chromogenic print, 124 cm (diameter), edition of 3 + 2AP.


Ben Quilty ‘The Beach’

31 July – 28 August 2021.

Ben Quilty’s newest exhibition, The Beach, is a culmination of works made in the lead-up to the last American Presidential Election and then continued through recent pandemic times and lockdown.

During that time, he was given a book about the American Realist painter, George Bellows, and it has not left his studio since. Bellow’s paintings of men boxing illegally in early 20th century fight clubs was the starting point for this exhibition.

Taking multiple screen shots of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fighters locked in deadly and bloody combat, and hosting a team of local boxers, Quilty poses questions about contemporary humanity.

Named after famous beaches around Australia, the fighting men also evoke memories of the Cronulla Riots and continue Quilty’s exploration of Australian cultural identity and the darker sides of Island Life. “To make paintings of men punching the life out of each other feels like an apt response to being alive in 2021,” Quilty says.

Image: BEN QUILTY The Crowd, oil on linen, 180 x 202 cm


Bill Henson online

Although the gallery exhibition has closed, Bill Henson (24 June – 26 July 2021) is now available to visit online.

The online viewing space includes exclusive videos featuring Bill Henson sharing behind-the-scenes stories of creating the artworks, installation images and details of each of the 13 images in the show.

Image: BILL HENSON Untitled 1/5B B 1990-91. From the series Paris Opera Project. Archival inkjet pigment print, 127 x 127 cm (paper size)