GPG Exhibition Program
The George Paton Gallery is now located in our new space on level 1 in the Arts and Culture Building (Building 159) on Monash Road at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus.
GEORGE PATON GALLERY
Level 1, Building 159 - Arts and Cultural Building
Monash Road, Parkville campus
University of Melbourne
GALLERY HOURS: 11am-5pm Monday to Friday
GEORGE PATON GALLERY PROGRAM
22 MAY to 2 JUNE
GALLERY EVENT: Thursday 1 June, 5-7pm
Half-Somersault in the Eternal Space
What are the symptoms of having crystals in your ear?
Attacks of vertigo, disequilibrium, unsteadiness, and disorientation. The Half-Somersault Manoeuvre treats vertigo. The therapeutic movement feels medical, yet appears choreographic, and deeply ritualistic. It reveals a tender demonstration of our intricate ancient anatomy held in precarious balance.
IMAGE: Fiona Martin, Untitled. Digital photograph, 2022
why should I come home w u if u won’t kiss me in public? xx <3
McKenzie Wark writes that the cis gaze reads trans bodies on a grid: pity | envy, lust — disgust.
In a zone where the cis gaze is interrogated and disarranged, a question restates: what does it mean to be looked at like this?
And then: what about love? How is it conceived within fetishisation? A body restlessly longs at deflattening.
IMAGE: Andrea Illés, FEEL_LOVE_2. Digital image, 2022
2023 PROGRAM PAST EXHIBITIONS
GALLERY EVENT: Thursday 11 May, 5-7pm
Daniel John Pilkington
This exhibition explores the idea that language is magical. If language can cause changes in the world, then it has both the power to heal and the power to wound. Drawing upon the tradition of magical squares and apotropaic spells, the artist has created a series of works that explore the idea of wielding this ambivalent power.
IMAGE: Daniel John Pilkington, Letter Spear (Prototype). 3D print in PLA, 2022
HILLS and Madeleine Sloane
For fluid condition two artists have responded to a series of prompts examining their respective queer experiences. The concept of the ‘fluid’ forms the core of their investigation, as they draw parallels between the nature of bodies of water and inquiries surrounding identity and sexuality.
IMAGE: Madeleine Sloane, Heads. Ink on canvas, 2022. Photo credit: HILLS, 2022
30 JANUARY to 10 FEBRUARY
UMSU Art Collection: New acquisitions and selected works
Grace Anderson, Catherine Clover, Penelope Davis, Jemmy Gale and Kyle Stanton, Charlotte Hill, Annabelle Kingston, David McLeod, Rowan McNaught, Hannah Maskell, Tully Moore, Gervaise Netherway, Yu Okuzono, Sam Petersen, Caroline Phillips, Kenny Pittock, Jake Preval, Ben Raynor, Aaron Christopher Rees, Belinda Reid, Peter Tyndall, Marcus Volz, Clare Wilmot Griffith, Lorilee Yang, Jenny Zhe Chang
New acquisitions by: Astrid Mulder, Melissa Nguyen, Arthur Nyakuengama, Alice Tsiavos, Jessie Turner
Curated by Channon Goodwin and Sandra Bridie
Each year the UMSU Art Collection supports University of Melbourne student artists by acquiring new artworks via commissions and graduate exhibitions for display in UMSU’s public spaces. To date there are 185 works on catalogue ready to be hung around student areas in the new Student Precinct. As a taster for what you will see on the walls in the Rowden White Library, the Arts and Cultural Building and Building 168, we present our acquisitions by five VCA 2022 School of Art graduates alongside a selection from the greater collection in the brand-new George Paton Gallery.
20 FEBRUARY - 3 MARCH
I must be living twice
Rosa Spring Voss
I must be living twice is a series of handprinted photographic portraits, still lives and sculptures. Through the rhythmic process of printing, cropping, framing and
installing, the body of work emerged as a way of re-staging memories from childhood with the proposition of imagining a ‘second take’ on events in my life.
IMAGE: Rosa Spring Voss, bush wee 1. Chromogenic darkroom print, 2021
Cherished deviances: Distraction and other romances
Bec Martin, Kurt Medenbach, Ly Nguyen, Beth Sanderson and Jessie Turner
Curated by Izzy Baker and Mia Palmer-Verevis
In deciding what deserves attention, distraction poses a threat. By paying mind to distraction, Cherished deviances: Distraction and other romances asks whether – in its obliqueness, unruliness and tangentiality – distraction can be a productive, blissful and even subversive mode of thinking.
IMAGE: Bec Martin, Chandelier shop. Chromogenic print on aluminium dibond, 2021
Exhibition catalogue to download
OPENING EVENT PERFORMANCE: 6pm Thursday 23 February
Row And attempts to embrace the unknown. Showing up is the plan, Life is the preparation. A pocket of time holds Row in view. The phenomenon of watcher/watched may reveal something. Do deviations exist here? Probably.
Within this time, Row likely enters the Deviation Pocket, a space where tangents are followed, clashed, forgotten, refreshed, other. Charged by fluctuating moments, everything is accountable beyond understanding.
What could it mean to deviate from deviation? It’s all ok.
13 to 24 MARCH
Naomi Mendoza, uglyalienspitbaby, Parisma Kouklan
and Nicholas Currie, Brie Heath, Maddie Olsen and Naimo Omar of BIPOC Collective
This work comes from
stories. The healing power
The shared power
of... The connectivity
of... The freedom
The life of...
Helvi Apted, Britt Salt and Shannon Slee
From With(in) presents the work of three artists whose practices are connected by a shared workspace and language of materials, using textile methodologies as a springboard for broader research. The artists invite visitors to take part in textile actions alongside them as they expand, transform and multiply artworks over the course of the exhibition.
IMAGE: Shannon Slee, Embroidery for Barb. Embroidery on silk, 2022
From With(in) essay by Mia Palmer-Verevis and Izzy Baker
Pin the PROP on the Mag! (Edition #3)
Coordinated by Hannah Barry, Shaarn Pateman and Claire Price
Issue #3 is under construction, we propose your involvement. The installation of the space is activated by our invitation to the public and patrons of the GPG to have a say and potentially have their own contribution in issue #3. This will be done through the provision of templates, tracing paper, tape, pens, texts, crayons and more. Visitors are encouraged to come in and produce their own individual content: creating images and text to stick on the gallery walls. As the exhibition comes to a close, everything will be collected and curated into issue #3 by the editors: Shaarn Pateman, Claire Price and Hannah Barry. This will take place alongside the works of our successful lineup of artists: Aurora Kuhn, Bon Mott, Felix Gublin Fisher, Jessie Spencer Smith, Kira Richards, Lea Rose, Oscar Elms, Rosa Varga-Miller and Stacey Collee. Those who participated will be able to see the shows final outcome in edition #3, once published.
Prop derives from 'proposal'. Co-creators Pateman and Price sought to create a publication that fosters collaboration and provided student creatives a space to publish their work. The publication is released in hardcopy with a limited printrun, both issues #1 and #2 had sold out within the first hour of their release. The magazine is subsequently made available through our instagram: @prop.mag.
Shaarn Pateman's work considers landscapes, architecture and agency, through metrics such as materiality, documentation, seriality and the use of the dual affect of discomfort and beauty.
Claire Price's work is a vessel that engages with individual restoration by taking an amalgam of thought process and happenings, often presented with a refined finish in painting and drawing.
Hannah Barry's spacial, sculptural practice explores ideas of deep ecology and interconnection through a queer lens.
George Paton Gallery: Artists Bookworks #4
Featuring works by artists / collectives: Christina Darras, Jessie Bullivant, Ron Eades, Peter Murphy, Kelly Large and Ruth Claxton, Claudia Phares, Shannon Slee, Katie Paine, Julie Millowick, Kathleen Hunt and Charmaine Lyons, Sandra Bridie, Lucas Ihlein, Andrew Hurle, Jean-Jacques Rullier, Sadia Sadie, Rose Nolan, Diane Dickson, Kenny Pittock, Amie Anderson, Kylie Blackley, Jon Campbell, John Eaton, Rosie Miller, Adam Cruickshank, Chris Gooch, Yasmine Heisler, Clara Brack, Suzannah Griffith, Holly Jones & Erem Kirman, Noriko Nakamura, Luke Sinclair, Christopher L G Hill, Stephen Bram and David Morrison, Phil Edwards and Peter Ellis, Maleea Hegarty, Eddy Burger, Xanthe Beesley, Felix Gulbin Fisher and Mahala Gulbin Fisher, Grace Garcia, Louella Fitz, Andrew Seward, Ian Whittlesea, Emily Simek, Leanne Bock, Veronica Charmont, HILLS, Wendy Kelly, Mimmo Cozzolino, Ross Bridie, Ryan Lim Zi Yi, Hole in the wall collective, Michelle Tonkin, Charlie Hillhouse, Jacob Raupach, Lynette Letic, Scott Keim, Meredith Marshallsea, Eva Alisic, Emily Winslade, Abbra Kotlarczyk, Christine McFetridge and Josephine Mead, MELBOURNE ART LIBRARY, Craig McGee, Ruth Maddison, Andrew Hurle, David Wadelton, Konrad Winkler, Janina Green, Yanni Florence, Lolly Batty, MJ Kim, Ocular Lab, Kerrie Polliness, Marco Fusinato, Gary Wilson, Marian Crawford, Deanna Hitti, Martina Copley, Cynthia Troup, Mary Austin, Kazue Daikoku, Yukari Miyagi, Takashi Miyagawa, Kim Beck, Reverse Butcher, Sturtevant, John Nixon, Peter Tyndall, Bella Gardiner, Audrey Ho, Miro, Erk. S. Cadzow, Stella, Wynn Swanson, Kaelan Tobin, Alicia Thienpaitoon, Sylvia Walker, Felicity Cheng, Lucia Garcia, Jihoo Seo, Freja Greulich, Simone Cottee, Dana Chorna and Isla Ormond
Curated by Channon Goodwin and Sandra Bridie
The Artist's Bookworks exhibition presents an extensive collection of both contemporary and archival artists’ unique and small edition books in the George Paton Gallery.
In the catalogue introduction to an earlier bookshow at the GPG, ARTIST’S BOOKS, 1982, curator Tim Guest provides a definition of the artist book:
Artists’ books can most simply be described as those books which have been conceived, designed and produced by visual artists. As distinguished from those books about artists, such as a monograph or catalogue raisonnée, or those about art, artists’ books are instead complete artworks in themselves: they are artworks that are presented in the form of books.
George Paton Gallery: Artist's Bookworks #4 transforms the GPG into a large, long reading room. On display will be bookworks submitted by artists displayed on shelves and tables, available for viewers to peruse. Included are unique editions, handcrafted and painted works, zines, with a range of bindings and approached to what constitutes a book alongside archival material from the previous Artist’s Books show in the GPG.
Catalogue with list of works and images
International web based exchange project hosted by Blindside
RAMP gallery, Hamilton and George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne, Naarm
Participating artists: Joslyn Hobbis and Bridget Barnett, NZ, Joseph Doggett-Williams and Tamara Tallent, AUS
Four artists, two countries, one work. Inspired by Karanga (car-rung-na), the Māori tradition of call and response, and Wominjeka (wom-in-jeka), the Wurundjeri people’s Welcome to Country, offerings from our respective nations were exchanged and drawn upon. Sharing a belief that connecting with nature inspires creativity, we left our studios to walk through country, explore our neighbourhoods, and document our findings. Sounds, photographs, videos, objects, words and traces of human presence from the real world, were offered through the virtual, and a response formed. A continuously moving work of overlapping, interconnecting, morphing of individual moments, playfully woven into one. Traversing the Tasman, into the imaginative world of the In-between.
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