Australian exotica showcases photographic work that engages with the theme of the exotic antipodes.
Ever since the fifteenth century, when European cartographers began including the contour of Terra Australis Incognita (‘the unknown land of the south’) in their speculative maps of the globe, the continent of Australia has been thought of as an exotic place. For many of the artists in this exhibition, this European vision is something that needs to be subverted and critiqued. For others, the idea of living in an eccentric environment, with surreal undertows, continues to inform a distinctively Australian sense of place.
Artists include: Brook Andrew Michael Cook, Destiny Deacon, Peter Dombrovskis, Marian Drew, Leah King-Smith, Joseph McGlennon, Tracey Moffatt, Darren Siwes, Robyn Stacey and Christian Bumbarra Thompson.
Australian Exotica is a touring exhibition organised by the MGA.
Image: Peter Dombrovskis, Lake Oberon, Western Arthur Range, south-west Tasmania 1988.
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the estate of Peter Dombrovskis.
The Salon presents an intimate experience of the Benalla Art Gallery collection. A wonderful array of works from the Collection including paintings, decorative arts and furniture are displayed in a 19th century salon style.
Image: Arthur Streeton (1867 – 1943)
Impression for Golden Summer, 1888-89
oil on canvas on board
Ledger Gift, 1980
Shape Shifters celebrates the development of abstraction within Australia from the early 20th century to the present. Drawn from the Benalla Art Gallery Collection, the exhibition presents paintings, prints and sculptures by some of Australia’s most highly regarded artists including Rosalie Gascoigne, Clement Meadmore, Howard Arkley and Juan Davila.
Shape Shifters traces the influences of international movements of impressionism, cubism and surrealism on early Australian modernism, the rise of abstract expressionism during the mid 20th century and the emergence of bold contemporary Indigenous painting from the 1980s on.
Image: Clement Meadmore, Delaunay’s Dilemma, 1992. © Meadmore Sculptures, LLC/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy, 2016.
Benalla Art Gallery is excited to present the tantalising sculptures of Vittoria di Stefano as the inspiration for Dream Machine, an evolving art project co-created with Gallery visitors.
Vittoria’s sculptures are machines for exploring desire as a perpetual and often futile force. Tactile, absurd and sensitive, her small constructions of wax, magnets, rubber, soap, ball bearings and other humble materials re-imagine conventional notions of the machine as a means of production.
As part of this exhibition visitors can create their own sculptural objects in response to the transformational alchemy of Vittoria’s desire machines. These will be displayed in the gallery as part of the exhibition.
Image: Vittoria Di Stefano, Tentative Touch 2016