Reflecting the complex dynamic between historical traces and speculative futures in Tom Nicholson’s drawing, sculptural and social practice, Tom Nicholson: Public Meeting is the first large-scale exhibition to survey the scope of the artist’s practice. Initially trained in drawing, a tradition that deeply informs his practice, Tom Nicholson (born 1973, Melbourne) is one of the most prominent Australian artists on the international stage. For Nicholson, the medium of drawing has become a way of connecting his work to wider cultural histories, focussing on the relationship between actions and their traces, and the imagination of new, as-yet-unrealised cultural forms.
Curated by ACCA’s Artistic Director Max Delany, the exhibition includes key projects by Nicholson dating from 2005 to the present, along with newly commissioned work. The exhibition is accompanied by a major new monograph, Tom Nicholson: Lines Towards Another, edited by Amelia Barikin and Helen Hughes and published by Sternberg Press, Berlin, in association with ACCA, Melbourne and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Presented as part of ACCA’s Influential Australian Artist series, highlighting the practice of Australian artists at critical and ascendant moments in their career – artists who continue to make a significant contribution to the development of contemporary art practice in Australia and more widely.