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.
Read more on the #spreadartnotviruses project from March 2020 in:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register your attendance.
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.
Program 2020 announced
Tolarno Galleries’ Program 2020 includes:
Ben Quilty 150 years 8 – 29 February
A&A Exquisite Corpse / Cadavre Exquis 12 – 28 March. Part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, 12 – 22 March 2020
Justine Varga Tachisme 4 April – 9 May. An official exhibition of PHOTO 2020 International Festival of Photography, 23 April – 10 May 2020.
Benjamin Armstrong 16 May – 20 June
Amos Gebhardt Night Horse 27 June – 25 July
Danie Mellor 1 August – 29 August
Tim Johnson 5 September – 3 October
Caroline Rothwell 10 October – 7 November
Judy Watson 14 November – 12 December
Image: Justine Varga Influence 2018-19, chromogenic photograph, 131.5 x 110 cm (image including halo border). From the upcoming exhibition Tachisme.
The National Gallery of Australia unveiled its 2020 program this week, including the spectacular news that Patricia Piccinini has been commissioned as part of The Balnaves Contemporary Series to create Skywhalepapa, a new companion to Skywhale (2013), which returns to Canberra after six years touring Australia and the world.
Together they form a skywhale family that will be launched near the Gallery and take flight over Canberra eight times during the exhibition period. The sculptures will then float across the skies of Australia as a National Gallery travelling exhibition.
Skywhales: Every heart sings is an NGA #KnowMyName project celebrating the work of Australian women artists, and the third instalment of The Balnaves Contemporary Series.
Patricia Piccinini’s current exhibition Chromatic Balance is on view now at Tolarno Galleries until 14 December 2019.
Image: Patricia Piccinini Skywhalepapa 2019/20 (artist’s sketch)
Patricia Piccinini ‘Chromatic Balance’
Tolarno Galleries is pleased to present Patricia Piccinini‘s latest exhibition, Chromatic Balance.
Available works include The Balance, a major new sculpture, together with a striking series of unique Panelworks and Shoeforms exploring the naturalisation of technology through form, colour and surface.
On view from 16 November to 14 December 2019.
Tolarno Galleries welcomes visitors of all ages, however some exhibitions such as this one cannot accommodate prams and strollers.
Image: Patricia Piccinini The Balance 2019. ABS plastic and automotive paint, 230 (h) x 187 (w) x 150 (d) cm, edition of 3 + 1AP
Thanks to the 24,000+ visitors who attended teamLab: Reversible Rotation between 5 October – 2 November 2019!
Presented by Tolarno Galleries, in association with exhibition partners Martin Browne Contemporary and Melbourne International Arts Festival, teamLab: Reversible Rotation, included four mesmerising screen works: Waves of Light (12 screens), Reversible Rotation – Black in White (7 screens), Enso – Cold Light (single screen) and Reversible Rotation – Cold Light (single screen), exploring the concept of Spatial Calligraphy and the movement of waves in water.
Through the Mother 10 September 2019 – 18 January 2020
University of Queensland Art Museum
Elizabeth Willing‘s multi-sensory solo exhibition embraces how touch, taste and smell, inform our most poignant and powerful memories. The architecture of the space invites viewers to enter into a fragmented narrative that is pieced together by the artist through things that are familiar—a table, a stool, tea, wallpaper, a shed—but rendered strange by wax and bush, grease and hibiscus, valerian and patchouli.
Throughout the exhibition, tea is served for the audience. A mixture made by the artist and her mother, is a calming blend of valerian, passionflower, hibiscus, rooibos, and cinnamon; each ingredient possessing its own medicinal benefits, from the soothing of anxieties to the ceasing of inflammation. The artist has sought to give both physical and ephemeral form to memories of her mother, conveyed through smell, taste, and texture. Tea served daily 10.00–11.00am, 2.30–3.30pm
Image: Elizabeth Willing Through the Mother 2019 installation. Photograph courtesy UQ Art Museum and Simon Woods
The works examine the powerful currents between horses as they negotiate consent and desire during mating season. We are drawn inside the kinetic swirl of the herd where hooves, flicking tails and outstretched limbs offer an intimate encounter across the species divide. Shot in the heat of a February summer’s night, on the artist’s birthday, the charged atmosphere is palpable.
Night Horse (2019) continues themes explored in Gebhardt’s recent video installations Lovers (2018) and Evanescence (2018), both selected for the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, and There Are No Others (2016) presented at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. They thread a trajectory of connected ideas concerning nakedness as the barest form of identity and deep time cycles of matter – life, death, decay.
Amos Gebhardt presents Spooky Action: An Encounter between Poetics and Science
A Writing & Concepts lecture for Talk Contemporary
4.30pm Sunday 15 September 2019
Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks
Image: Amos Gebhardt Parallax 2019, archival inkjet pigment print, 122 x 163 cm