WILDTHING - an art menagerie has landed at Sydney's Mosman Art Gallery
Address: cnr Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Road, Mosman, NSW, Australia
Date: 08 October - 27 November 2016
Time: 7 days, 10am - 5pm
Call: 02 9978 4178
'WILDTHING - animals in contemporary Australia art' seeks to open discussions on our human relationships with domestic creatures; to attitudes of the wild and untamed; and to concerns of species loss and ecological degradation.
These social and ethical issues are explored in a collection of multi-media works with humour, pathos, melancholy and beauty all on display. Animals are constructed, painted, etched, tattooed, filmed and photographed, often set in hybrid worlds.
The exhibition features the work of: Lisa Adams, Daniel Boyd, Joanna Braithwaite, Penny Byrne, Simon Cuthbert, Hayden Fowler, Peter Gardiner, Rew Hanks, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Petrina Hicks, Deborah Kelly, Sam Leach, Joseph McGlennon, Noel McKenna, Danie Mellor, Rose Montebello, David Noonan, Ben Quilty, Michael Riley, Kate Rohde, Heather B. Swann, Beverley Veasey, Louise Weaver and Gerry Wedd.
WILDTHING is presented in association with NSW regional galleries - Western Plains Cultural Centre and Lake Macquarie Art Gallery - and follows on from their successful 2014-15 joint exhibition, ‘Wildside’.
Mosman Art Gallery’s Senior Curator, Katrina Cashman, has extended and developed on the original theme - suggesting we look at animals in a new light, the real and fictitious.
Selected highlights include Peter Gardiner's battle weary and strangely plaintive 'Rhinoceros (after Dürer) 2014', a complex work developed by Gardiner's following his residency at Dubbo’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This statement piece is the largest work in the show - an enormous oil on board artwork that measures six metres in length. It dominates the Gallery with its powerful presence.
Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro’s dark and slightly uneasy 'Bedroom 3, Baby’s Room – Lion (2014)', greets visitors with blocks of brightly coloured Lego bricks – a disconcerting comment on the life and death of animals, between what is real and what is fabricated, the natural world and the unnatural synthetic material of our constructed world.
Artist Hayden Fowler originally trained as a biologist, majoring in animal behaviour, before undertaking undergraduate studies in art. Stills from Fowler’s public performance 'Call of the Wild, (2007)' show the artist being tattooed in an Auckland shop window with portraits of now-extinct New Zealand Huia birds.
Lisa Adams’ offers the arresting work 'Knots (2005)', in which mythical beasts clash and lock metaphorical horns within a seemingly familiar yet otherworldly landscape. Adams’ delicate portrayal of these magnificent, magical creatures makes the implausible seem like an absolute.
Petrina Hicks’ intriguing and unsettling images of young girls in close embrace with ‘wild’ animals are highly charged – the artist induces a heightened state of tension between beauty, innocence and imperfection, between the pure and the wild.
And Joseph McGlennon’s compelling and haunting ‘Thylacine’ series are a sad reminder of a species lost from human actions.
By mixing popular culture and scientific theory Mosman‘s WILDTHING exhibition contributes to discussions on the complex and multi-layered relationships humankind has with the animal kingdom.
Through artworks that are humorous and playful, dark and thought provoking, this exhibition communicates important social and ethical issues regarding the use and commodification of animals in our society – great and small.
'WILDTHING- animals in contemporary Australian art' is supported by a colour catalogue and public program of artist talks and workshops.
Exhibition to 27 November 2016