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September

memory scars, dreams and gardens

 

This will be the first Judy Watson exhibition at Tolarno Galleries since 2016.

It is a prelude to the TarraWarra Museum of Art exhibition Looking Glass: Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce, opening 28 November 2020 to 8 March 2021.

More details to come.


August

Night Horse

Night Horse examines the powerful currents between horses as they negotiate consent and desire during mating season. The viewer is 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.

Modern equine reproduction is now often a supervised insemination process, or between a mare and stallion who are performing on cue. Night Horse captures a rarely seen ritualised courtship, where the protagonists experience heightened states of being ‘for themselves’. Gebhardt says, “The images are raw, showing the mess of body fluids and muscle, giving vivid dimensions to the physical language of the body as an archive of story, to suggest a dramatic arc in horse terms.”

Image: AMOS GEBHARDT Crest 2019, archival inkjet pigment print, 122 x 163 cm, edition of 5 + 2 AP


August

TV Week 1980-1985


Online Viewing Space
26 August to 23 September 2020

A new series of small abstract paintings by Peter Atkins, playing on cultural memories of small screen heroes and villains from the 1980s.

Image: Peter Atkins ‘Why Jack Thompson Posed Nude / Inside Kamahl’s Sydney Mansion’ 2019, acrylic on board, 28 x 21 cm, 51.5 x 41.5 cm framed

Download the TV Week 1980-1985 catalogue essay and full list of works


August

Parallel Universe

Online only exhibition.

If a painting is a portal to another dimension, then the canvases of Tim Johnson are magic carpets, each one an invitation to embark on a voyage through the acclaimed Sydney-based artist’s personal cosmology. Revealing his sustained interest in Buddhism and other Eastern traditions, these serenely composed constellations of figures, objects and symbols inhabit an exalted space free from everyday concerns.

Johnson’s first show in five years with Tolarno Galleries, which has represented him since 1987, Parallel Universe brings together twelve new paintings, five of them made in collaboration with Daniel Bogunovic, a self-taught artist who lives in Los Angeles.

Image: Tim Johnson Thredbo River 2020, acrylic on linen, 101 x 137 cm

Download the exhibition essay by Tony Magnusson


July

Four new works

Online Viewing Room only

Tolarno Galleries is very pleased to present a suite of four new Brent Harris works in the Online Viewing Space in July 2020, direct from the studio.

Brent says, “These paintings have been worked on during the COVID-19 lockdowns. But really my studio practice is quite the same, as with most artists, we are used to working in isolation. The subjects of these panoramic pictures originates in the personal, before hopefully taking on relevance for the individual viewer.”

These previously unseen new works include two paintings, and two related works on paper.

Image:  Brent Harris Imaginary Brother 2020, oil on linen, 92 x 73 cm


June

The Sun Also Sets

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Comprising sepia-tone paintings overlaid with iridescent wash, as well as large-format photomontages, the series signals a new approach by Danie Mellor.

Download the exhibition essay by Tony Magnusson.

Download the artist text by Danie Mellor.

Image: Danie Mellor As darkness is 2020
Chromogenic print on metallic photographic paper 126 x 186 cm
Edition of 3 + 2 AP

Installation photography by Andrew Curtis


May

Bill Henson | Three new works

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Three new Bill Henson works, just released from the studio

“We should remind ourselves, from time to time, that despite what goes on in the world, the best in art always recommends the truth and its sometimes complex and ambiguous nature. As Plato said ‘beauty is the splendor of truth.’ ” – Bill Henson, 1 May 2020

Image: BILL HENSON ‘Untitled 2010-20’ RC SH47 N32C (2010–20) archival inkjet pigment print 127 x 180 cm (paper size)


April

Evanescence

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An online feature dedicated to the Amos Gebhardt video Evanescence (2018), and the related photography series.

Scheduled to coincide with the Art Collector magazine issue #92 cover story, April – June 2020.


March

Tachisme

Online Viewing Room only 

Premiering Justine Varga’s new body of work.

Pictured: Justine Varga with her winning 2019 Dobell Drawing Prize work Photogenic Drawing (2018), chromogenic photograph 151.5 x 120 cm, 154.5 x 124 cm (framed). Photo by Peter Morgan, courtesy National Art School

Click to read the catalogue essay by Andrés Mario Zervigón.


March

Works from 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres

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Available Brent Harris works from the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres.

New paintings and prints are on display at the Art Gallery of South Australia 29 February to 8 June 2020.

Image: Brent Harris more 2019, oil on linen , 244 x 175 cm


March

Under the Southern Sky

 

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A new series of 8 linocuts.

Image: Benjamin Armstrong Shear l (2020), linocut, pigments & binder on polyester, 134 x 150 x 3.5 cm

Click to read the accompanying essay Contact Images by Quentin Sprague.


December

Exquisite Corpse / Cadavre Exquis

 

The debut exhibition from industrial designer Adam Goodrum and French marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur.

 

Part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, 12 – 22 March 2020.

Download the media release.

 

Pictured: A&A Archant (2018-2019) console. Custom dyed rye straw, birch ply, brass, 91 (h) x 156 (w) x 36 (d) cm


November

2020


150 years

An exhibition of new works from Ben Quilty.

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.

Recently dubbed a ‘critical citizen’ by curator Lisa Slade, Quilty’s new work at Tolarno more explicitly depicts a self- critical citizen. In this case Self may not necessarily connote oneself, but one’s milieu, an individual splattered, dispersed throughout their socio-cultural plane. The artist – as well as a few family members and friends – are present in the landscape of the Rorschach, in the abstract works, and of course in Santa himself.

Download the 150 Years exhibition essay by Milena Stojanovska.

Image: Ben Quilty After the Pink Dress (Self Portrait) 2019, oil on linen, 265 x 202 cm


November

Chromatic Balance

A new series of unique sculptures including Panelworks, Shoeforms and a centrepice Scooter/Stag.


July

Colony

 

 

Christopher Langton‘s new large scale installation takes ideas from science fiction about space colonisation – imagining space cities surrounded by asteroids, meteorites and other celestial bodies – and organisms from the microscopic world of viruses, bacteria and fungi.

 

Click to download the exhibition essay by Sophie Knezic.


Sydney Contemporary

Tolarno Galleries presents Amos Gebhardt‘s Night Horse at Sydney Contemporary art fair, Carriageworks, 12 – 15 September 2019.

Amos Gebhardt is an artist whose works have a cinematic scale, challenging normative notions of humanness by examining intersections between culture, nature and the body. Gebhardt maps both human and non-human narratives using techniques of collage, dance, slow motion and time lapse to frame large scale, multi-screen video installations and photographs.

The new photography series Night Horse examines the powerful currents between horses as they negotiate consent and desire during mating season. The work places the viewer inside the kinetic swirl of the herd where hooves, flicking tails, and outstretched limbs offer an intimate encounter across the species divide. The horses move from solid, muscular shapes to traces of light that merge with the dusty atmosphere. The photographs thus progress towards a presence beyond the body, to a thinness of form that suggests the ephemeral nature of being.

Amos Gebhardt will also present a lecture as part of the Writing and Concepts series, 4.30pm Sunday 15 September as part of Talks Contemporary at Carriageworks.


July

Reversible Rotation

Tolarno Galleries, in association with Martin Browne Contemporary, is pleased to announce the Australian Premiere of teamLab: Reversible Rotation. Presented in association with Melbourne International Arts Festival 2 – 20 October 2019.

From their frenetic hive of a base in Tokyo, this sprawling assembly of thinkers and dreamers create immersive works of breathtaking imagination—sculptures of light whose radiance seems to pass through your very body. Given how intensely teamLab works at the cutting edge of technology and futurism, it can be surprising to experience how grounded the collective’s practice is in the natural world, and indeed how their goal is to transcend the boundaries between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world.

In this exhibition four screen works will take over Tolarno Galleries. More information via Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Image: Enso – Cold Light, 2018. Digital Work, Single channel, Continuous Loop


May

skyground

A new Rosemary Laing series, shot on location in New Zealand.

Rosemary Laing was the recipient of the Kenneth Myer Alpine Artist Retreat program courtesy of Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet, Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring, New Zealand.

Image:

ROSEMARY LAING
where to from here #1 2019
archival pigment print
118 x 213 cm (framed size)
edition of 8

Click to download catalogue essay by Tanya Peterson.


April

Mixed Emotions

Dan Moynihan’s newest solo exhibition, following The Least I Could Do (2016). Moynihan also has a new mirrored brick commission Public Display of Reflection on view at Lyon Housemuseum until 21 July.

Image: Dan Moynihan Work in Progress (detail) 2006-2007, adhesive stickers and paint, dimensions variable.


March

Dice Abstracts

Tim Maguire’s new series of prints, Dice Abstracts, premiered at Tim Maguire | Mixing Numbers: A Survey of Prints and Video 2003–2018 at Maitland Regional Art Gallery in November 2018. Drawing on imagery from his 1980s early works – simple landscape elements such as points of light on darkness, horizons, bands of light and reflection – Maguire devised the Dice Abstracts concept.

These simple elements were initially drawn in charcoal on textured paper and scanned. Using the throw of dice, the elements can be combined randomly to determine the base image, its horizontal/vertical orientation and positive/negative nature. Repeated three times – one throw for each of the three primary colours red, blue and yellow – the three coloured images are combined digitally. In total, there are 13,824 possible Dice Abstracts. In the parameters of Maguire’s project, each potential iteration can only be printed once.

Tim Maguire and Dorian Ford will collaborate on the performance To the Surface at Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday 23 May, combining Maguire’s ambient, meditative video projections with Ford’s improvised jazz for piano.

Image: Tim Maguire AU526-551-312 2018, 112 x 112 cm paper size, archival pigment ink on paper


December

2019


The Passengers

Peter Atkins’ new project is a series of small-scale paintings that relate to his Metro Tunnel public commission entitled RAILway for Melbourne’s City Square, installed along Swanston Street un til October 2019.

The Passengers explores our collective social, cultural and personal narratives through the abstracted, obsolete designs of suburban train tickets issued between 1920 and the late 1980s by distilling and stripping away unnecessary details, focusing instead on the beautiful abstraction underneath. What is revealed is an extremely evocative collection of abstracted forms and colours that represent a complicated and fascinating visual coded language that is particular to Melbourne.

The Passengers continue Peter’s interest in appropriating and deconstructing what he terms readymade abstraction from the real world and amplifying those almost nothing moments…

Pictured: The Passengers 2018 installation view, acrylic on board, 40 x 22 cm each


La Razza: Quiet Noise

New mixed media works from Brook Andrew.

Pictured:  Orange 2019, oil pastel, acrylic paint, paper, glue, plywood and pencil on board, 140 x 140 cm


September

Sky Light Mind

 

Brendan Huntley’s new body of work, Sky Light Mind, is strongly influenced by, as Huntley puts it “the natural light and crazy vibrant colours of the West Coast” he experienced while based in San Francisco on a residency in 2017.

“I see these works as a meditational expedition,” he says. “A journey, a trek… with paint, clay, glaze, glass, collage, and whatever other materials get sucked into the creative vortex.”

Read the exhibition essay by Danae Valenza or the media release.

Image: Brendan Huntley Untitled (Fade Away and Radiate) 2017/2018, oil on linen, 99.5 cm x 147 cm.


August

Dawn Chorus

 

 

A series of new works in crystal, copper and brass wire in woven wire morphic forms.

Image: Untitled A, copper and crystal vase, 55 x 32 x 32 cm


August

The Bottom Feeders

 

At Sydney Contemporary 2018, Tolarno Galleries presents a new series of paintings, etchings and sculpture from Ben Quilty.

 

Pictured:
The Biggest Bottom Feeder 2018
oil on linen
265 x 202 cm


The Landspace: [all the debils are here]

 

Danie Mellor presents his first solo exhibition at Tolarno Galleries.

In this new sequence of works, Mellor reimagines the landscape as the landspace, and in doing so opens up a new way of seeing history, ownership and possession of country.

“Reimagining the world as a landspace suggests we are in an enveloping environment, a world that has its past, present and future – its dreaming and landstory – unfolding as prescient and concurrent phenomena,” Mellor says.

Download the media release.

Pictured:
Beneath towering palms 2018
Diasec mounted chromogenic print on metallic photographic paper
21cm diameter
Edition of 3 + 2AP


June

Strawberry Thief

Tolarno Galleries presents Elizabeth Willing’s solo exhibition, Strawberry Thief, at this year’s Melbourne Art Fair. The exhibition will include a wallpaper print, a series of collage prints, hand-carved wooden sculptures and Anxiolytic. This is a bottled and branded spirit and glasses that will form part of a cocktail performance in collaboration with Melbourne mixologist, Cennon Hanson.

Image: Strawberry Thief (after William Morris), 2017. Wallpaper print, dimensions variable.

Elizabeth Willing’s Strawberry Thief project, presented at Melbourne Art Fair 2–5 August 2018, has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


May

Invisible Stories: Meditations on Port Essington

 

In his first solo exhibition since 2012, Benjamin Armstrong will present a series of linocut prints relating to Mark McKenna’s 2016 book From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories.

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Download the media release

Read an interview with Benjamin Armstrong in Imprint Magazine Winter 2018 edition.

Image: Embedded, 2018. Linocut, dye, ink, coloured pigment, iridescent pigment. Image size 76.5 x 57 cm, frame size 89 x 69 cm. Edition of 8. All works are hand printed with a baron on Arches BFK Rives.


Spill

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For his sixth exhibition at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne-based Andrew Browne presents new paintings and related charcoal drawings that extend his decades long interest in a landscape of phenomena – yet one alienated from the picturesque.

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April

Bill Henson

Tolarno Galleries presents a collection of new Bill Henson photographic works.

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“Plenty of artists conjure with images from the history of art, but none has been so ambitious in their attempt to marry the immediate, over-brimming present with the haunted past. And the fact remains that no other living Australian artist has produced as many images so full of tenderness, silence and longing” – Sebastian Smee, The Monthly April 2017

Download the media release.


March

Buddens

 

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Buddens finds Rosemary Laing returning to Shoalhaven, New South Wales, the landscape of the iconic series groundspeed (2001).

As Laing notes: “The arrival­ of people, throughout history, shifts what happens in land, challenging those who have left their elsewhere, and disrupting the continuum of their destination place. A disruption causes a reconfiguration. It elaborates both the beforehand and the afterward.”

Download the full Buddens essay text written by Judy Annear.


December

Notes on Chaos

 

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Trump tweets, North Korean missile launches, global terrorism, vengeful weather, disruptive economies and Middle East instability: it feels like the rug has been pulled from under us. How do we respond to a world upside down, a place of crumbling sureties? Ben Quilty’s new work expresses the uneasiness of a society anxious about the future through the lens of personal experience – Michael Desmond, 2018

Download the full exhibition essay by Michael Desmond

 


October

What Was Once Yesterday Today & Tomorrow

 

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September

the small sword

 

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August

feature in

@50 | Part Three

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August

feature in

@50 | Part Two

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July

feature in

@50 | Part One

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May

The Floating World

 

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April

BACKROOM PROJECT

Elizabeth Willing
Guava Season

 


March

SPIN

 

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February

No fear unmingled with hope

 

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November

indigo and ochre

 

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October

Serenader

 

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September

In between days

 

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August

THE LEAST I COULD DO

 

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July

Turbulence

 

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June

The Stain

 

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April

effort and rush

 

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February

A Backroom Project


February

2020


2018


2017


2016


February

On Edge

 

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November

RUB


September

Possessed


September

Figuratively Speaking


May

Open Source


May

Photosynthesis


February

And colour is their flesh


Dreamer


September

No More Lonely Nights


July

Portrait Photographs 1978 – 1987


July

Here be dragons / Hic sunt dracones


April

It’s all around you


February

The Paper


February

drawing


November

Untitled 1985/86


October

Between You and Me


September

Sydney Contemporary 2013


July

my ghost


June

Skull Gully II


June

52 Portraits


June

Art Basel Hong Kong


May

The Fiji Wedding


February

Unreal Estate


February

I can’t stop living


TOLARNO GALLERIES at Melbourne Art Fair

Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

STAND E23


TOLARNO GALLERIES at Melbourne Art Fair

Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

STAND E 22


The Monopoly Project


December

The Fall


October

Optic Nerve


September

Borderlands


September

2015


2014


2013


August

Down by the river


May

A Pleasure To Meet You

TOLARNO GALLERIES at ART HK 12 Hall 3, Stand 3X8


April

Worlds Apart


French Laughter Le Rire: Homage to Picq, Vire and GOD


Points of View

Presenting new works by:

Brendan Huntley, Andrew Long, Dan Moynihan, Conor O’Brien, Riley Payne, Jake Walker

 


Walking backwards to the place I come from


Transmutationism


Surrender and Catch


Light and Water


The Poverty Show


waterline


2012


2010


There are no strangers


Conjurers



Animal Logic

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Make Yourself at Home

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Empire + Union

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Open for Inspection

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December

2011


December

Paradise

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