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Thought-provoking works from three Australian artists
Linden New Art is consecutively running three interesting and diverse new exhibitions by Australian artists from February to May 2021.
Melbourne artist Ash Keating's exhibition Dualityfeatures new works built with multiple layers of colour and textural materials. The four large canvases and a series of eight smaller domestically scaled paintings display intense depth and richness, giving the series a meditative quality.
Ash Keating's 'Aerial #1 - #4' (2020), pigment, urethane acrylic, perlite and mica flakes on canvas. Photographed by Dan Preston.
These works have been formed by the application and manipulation of layers of media, including pigments, perlite, mica flakes, paint and water. The process of building and paring back has involved an eclectic set of equipment such as seed sprayers, leaf blowers, wire brush, electric sanders, vacuums, and Stanley knives.
The works were created over the period of one month at the end of 2020, towards the end of the lengthy COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a public art project commissioned by the City of Port Phillip.
Melbourne based artist Troy Emery will present Sonder, an exhibition of six new sculptures that continue his exploration of the themes of anthropomorphism, kitsch and materiality. 'Sonder' is a word coined in 2012 in John Koening's Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, and refers to an awareness that every other person in the world has as rich an inner life as you do.
Troy Emery's 'Pink Orchid' (detail) (2020). Polyester, polyurethane, adhesive, pins, 54 x 70 x 52cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary."
Emery uses indistinct animal forms covered in layers of polyester tassels to engage with the ideas and language of both visual art and craft, blurring the division between the two. Their faceless forms, camouflaged in long lurid tassels, offer no indication of what lies beneath.
Nicholas Folland's Burn Down the House is a site-specific installation across three gallery spaces.
Nicholas Folland's 'Flirt Installation' (2019). Image courtesy of the artist and the Art Gallery of NSW.
Folland moves away from the banal common uses of objects to give them a heightened meaning. For example, taking as inspiration the physical and audible qualities of the lagerphone - an Australian folk instrument made from a stick and metal bottle caps - Folland has repurposed items of antique furniture, embellishing them with 7,000 gold and green caps. The pieces of furniture form a precarious sculptural installation within the gallery's walls, a structure that could noisily fall at any moment.
In Linden's smallest gallery space, Gallery 5, an automated sound work will replicate the rhythm of a morse code SOS transmission. This ominous tapping will leak out across the gallery and suggest an unknown presence or potential danger that is persistent yet hidden.
Entry to all exhibitions is FREE.
A virtual opening for the exhibitions will take place at 6pm on Friday 12 February via YouTube and Facebook. Click here to register for the event.
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