10 regional shows to see this summer
From an intriguing exhibition on baroque masters to a show ostensibly all about dogs, here’s our curated list of regional offerings to see throughout the country this summer.
It is not quiet in Locust Jones’s studio. Rolling news coverage reverberates from every device. As he absorbs this torrent of information, Jones constantly draws, paints and sculpts. The result is work that is viscerally compulsive, like a pictorial form of automatic writing reflecting the rapid-fire immediacy of unrelenting news coverage.
The destruction of Aleppo, the US election and continuing refugee crises are events heavily referenced in Jones’s expressive imagery. Twisted bodies and desperate faces seem to merge with the deep, robust colours of complex urban landscapes. The inclusion of text lifted from headlines heavily anchors the work in reality and, in a fitting description, Jones likens his work to a “warped diary”, a way to express the anxiety many of us feel when faced with current world events.
Tactile ceramic sculptures of skulls and body parts add an acutely physical aspect to the exhibition. “The machete and axe-wielding marks, the gritty black texture of the clay and the primitive forms are ruminations of things in my immediate environment,” Jones explains. “The burnt figures are heaved out of the earth, evoking imagery of mass graves, holocausts and burial sites, connecting contemporary events with ancient histories.”
One of the most striking pieces is a huge scroll hanging from the ceiling. It spreads across the floor like a vertical panorama and displays a narrative Jones constructed over time. Like a contemporary scribe, Jones records his response to history as it unfolds before him. “All the factors making news are fodder for my drawings and paintings. Thinking about what is going on in the world is my way of making sense of it all.”
Horror is where the marginalised can see themselves—as a horror-themed exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art reveals.
Sneakers are a cultural phenomenon made up of paradoxes. Some see them as an accessible and inclusive force in fashion that serve as an outlet of self-expression for many; yet to others they are a symbol of out-of-control consumerism. Two Queensland exhibitions are embracing these dualities, though from contrasting angles: Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street at HOTA on the Gold Coast, and Torsion at Brisbane’s Metro Arts.
Vincent Namatjira was the first Aboriginal artist to win the Archibald Prize for his portrait of AFL player Adam Goodes in 2020. This painting, among his wider oeuvre, is showing for his first survey at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
From the dark matter that holds the universe together to the smallest of seeds, Sundari Carmody’s art connects the cosmos with the intimate, as a new exhibition at GAGPROJECTS shows.
This summer the Art Gallery of New South Wales is showing the largest Louise Bourgeois survey ever exhibited in Australia. We asked five Australian artists influenced by Bourgeois to each write about one artwork in the exhibition.