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Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to announce the second River Capital Commission, an annual commissioning initiative developed in partnership with and through the generous support of River Capital. This partnership enables Gertrude to work with leading artists to commission a major new project to be presented as a flagship exhibition withinour artistic program.
For the River Capital Commission 2020, Gertrude is honoured to be working with Melbourne-based artist Natalie Thomas to present Stage Fright. This exhibition will be the first solo artist project presented across all of the gallery spaces at Gertrude since the organisation relocated to Preston South in 2017.
Artistically active for over two decades, Natalie Thomas is a figure committed to producing, performing for and participating in art, attempting to broaden its dissemination, while casting acute scrutiny upon the artworld itself. Stage Fright takes cue from this particular moment in history, with all of the separately experienced anxieties determined by isolation, fear for our welfare and susceptibility to economic fragility. In its title, the exhibition acknowledges the amplified apprehension of the present moment and the near future. Yet it also signifies the apprehensive moment of the return, not merely for the artist, but for the spaces of art the world over, all tentatively resuming in an entirely reshaped reality.There is no business like show business, and now more than perhaps ever before, it is business as unusual.