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June

Bill Henson: 26 June – 24 July 2021

Bill Henson‘s new exhibition is a glittering array of never-seen-before photographs. Some were commenced in the 1990s; all were completed during Melbourne’s long COVID lockdowns. The sense of deep time behind Henson’s images is a hallmark of his approach to photography – an attempt, as he puts it “to get closer to things.”

“It sometimes takes years for me to work out what I want to photograph, a rumination which gradually clarifies itself over a long period of time,“ he says. “I spend a lot of time thinking about things, daydreaming. It takes awhile for things to get to the point to say I know what I need. It’s a face, or a body or a landscape of a particular kind, or it’s the effects of the weather and how that changes the nature of the landscape.”

Bookings are not required, but please let us know in advance if you are bringing a group. Opening hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday – Friday and 1-4pm Saturdays.

If you can’t make it in person, visit the Bill Henson online viewing room.

Read more at The Age (26 June 2021) and Broadsheet (21 July 2021).

Image: Bill Henson Untitled 2016-17, CL SH816 N9, archival inkjet pigment print, 127 x 180 cm, edition of 5 + 2AP


May

Patricia Piccinini ‘A Miracle Constantly Repeated’ at Rising Festival

Congratulations to Patricia Piccinini who has just unveiled A Miracle Constantly Repeated, a world premiere commission for the inaugural Rising Festival. The multi-room installation takes over the mythical Flinders Street Station Ballroom and surrounding chambers in the heart of Melbourne.

Opening on 26 May 2021 and continuing for several months, this is Piccinini’s most extensive hometown exhibition in two decades. Described as “an eco-system of hyper-real silicone sculptures, video, sound and light… Australia’s foremost visual artist will augment the ballroom’s architecture with enormous dioramas, sentient saplings, nurturing marine mammals and enormous life-sustaining foliage.”

Read more at The Age and Broadsheet Melbourne.

Image: PATRICIA PICCININI La Brava 2021, silicone, fibreglass, hair, Ed 1 of 4 + 1 AP. Photograph by Tina Douglas.


May

Andrew Browne ‘Shoegazer 2.0’ exhibition

22 May – 19 June 2021
Meet the artist: Saturday 22 May, 1pm – 4pm

There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
– Leonard Cohen

In 2020, Melbourne artist Andrew Browne spent the long COVID-19 lockdown developing Shoegazer, a series of drawings premiering online in August 2020. A playful allusion to Shoegaze, a 1990s subgenre of indie rock, the title refers more to subjects and prompts found close at hand… almost underfoot.

These drawings of modest subjects, rich in association, serve as touchstones for Shoegazer 2.0, Andrew Browne’s new collection of paintings: the accidental abstractions of foot-path repairs; a tenacious dandelion emerging from a crevice; a spill of obscure yet florescent liquid; a crazy-patterned mural, or so much carelessly discarded detritus.

As paintings, these introspective images now loom large and take on a heightened significance. Browne highlights uncanny juxtapositions, flashes of colour and discovers secret portals. In these fleeting street scenes, moments of humour, joy and reverie are captured.

Continuing Andrew Browne’s longheld interest in landscape and surreal natural phenomena, Shoegazer 2.0 shines a light on visions that reflect and connect us all.

Click here to view Shoegazer 2.0 online.

Image: Andrew Browne Rockaway 2021, oil & aluminium pigment on linen, 191 x 132 cm


May

Caroline Rothwell: Winner 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Congratulations to Caroline Rothwell who was awarded the 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize on Friday 14 May 2021 for her painting, Vault.

The annual acquisitive prize that was launched in 2017 to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established women artists in Australia. It is the highest value professional artist prize for women in Australia.

Image: Caroline Rothwell pictured with her winning artwork Vault, and Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize Patron, Jennifer Turpin. Image via Instagram. Artwork details: Caroline Rothwell Vault, acrylic on linen, 163 x 183 cm


April

Brendan Huntley ‘Without Within’

17 April – 15 May 2021
Meet the artist: 1pm – 4pm, Saturday 17 April 2021

A new collection of paintings and sculptures. Read an interview with Brendan Huntley at Artist Profile. Listen to an interview on 3RRR.

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)

Brendan Huntley online viewing space:
Click to view the Without Within exhibition online –  sculpture and painting


March

Easter 2021

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

🐰 🐰 🐰

Image: Tim Maguire Untitled 20210101 2021, oil on canvas, 137 x 137 cm


March

Brook Garru Andrew: DIWIL

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


March

Tim Maguire exhibition film & online viewing space

We are delighted to premiere an exhibition film to accompany Tim Maguire‘s Old World, New World.

Visit the online viewing space to watch the film.

The exhibition continues in the gallery until 10 April 2021.

Thanks to our friends at Thirdrow Films for capturing Tim Maguire and the new paintings so evocatively.


March

Tim Maguire

Old World, New World
13 March – 10 April 2021

Old world, new world. Empire, colony. Destruction, rebirth. Tim Maguire’s new paintings are influenced by his decades-long touchstone of 17th century Dutch still life, memento mori and the aftermath of Australia’s recent bushfires.

“The show’s title refers to the old world of Dutch still life painters and to the so-called new world of Australia,” says Maguire. “But I’m also thinking about the failure to adapt imported concepts from the old world and achieve some kind of harmony here.”

Join us on Saturday 13 March between 1pm-4pm when Tim Maguire will be at the gallery for the exhibition opening.

Image: Tim Maguire ‘Untitled 20201001’ 2020, oil on canvas, 153 x 168 cm


February

Nicholas Folland

Burn Down the House
Linden New Art
13 February – 16 May 2021

Burn Down the House is a site-specific installation that responds directly to the history of Linden’s heritage-listed building. Across three gallery spaces, Nicholas Folland places found furniture and tree branches encrusted with more than 10,000 bottle tops. The installation explores the tension between the safety of home and the wild incursions of nature, accompanied by a rhythmic and layered tapping, generated by two small mechanical contraptions that hang on the wall. The beats flow over one another like cicadas, communicating across the landscape.

Linden New Art
26 Acland Street
ST KILDA VIC 3182

Image: Nicholas Folland with House Party (2021), found furniture, bottle caps, enamel paint, dimensions variable. Photography by Theresa Harrison