Linden New Art at 26 Acland St, St Kilda will be hosting award-winning mid-career Melbourne artist Natasha Bieniek's Solo Exhibition from 22 May to 22 August 2021 during gallery opening hours. Opening Night will be on Friday 21 May 2021 from 6pm. This exhibition brings together a suite of works that have never previously been exhibited together before. It includes Bieniek's stand out painting Biophilia, which was the winner of the Wynne Prize in 2015.
Bieniek's paintings are meticulous in their execution and draws you to inspect them closely. They draw on notions of the past and present, linking the ancient tradition of 16th-century miniature painting with present-day image culture. This exhibit will be Bieniek's new series of artworks called Mirror Paintings.
Using a material more commonly used for architectural and industrial purposes, a collection of inner-city landscapes will be painted directly onto dibond which has a mirroring effect. According to Bieniek: "As a culture, we are obsessed with recording and documenting our surroundings. Our phones have become an extension of ourselves, and as a result, we often experience our environment through screens. If we don't truly absorb our surroundings, I wonder how this will impact on real experience? Mirror Paintings explores my ongoing interest in the relationship between people and nature within an urban context."
Bieniek's new paintings will depict what the artist sees as sanctuaries within Melbourne that provide a sense of respite and tranquility amid frenetic conditions. She says: "My aim is to reflect this dual relationship, through both my artwork's physical appearance and chosen materials. The dibond's luminous reflections coincide with finely painted details, bringing motion, movement and life into an otherwise stagnant two-dimensional form."
Bieniek is a six-time Archibald Prize finalist and has held many solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas, most notably at Art Basel Hong Kong and Sydney Contemporary. She has exhibited extensively in both metropolitan and regional public galleries including the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery, Warrnambool Art Gallery and Tweed Regional Gallery, New South Wales.