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'Mason Kimber: Future Relics' at Sophie Gannon Gallery, Richmond

"Ivory/slide," 2018, Mason Kimber acrylic, resin, synthetic polymer, gypsum and glass fibre on plywood, 65 x 44.7 cm
(Courtesy: Sophie Gannon Gallery)

Sophie Gannon Gallery is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Mason Kimber, titled "Future Relics." The exhibition features a collection of new works by the artist.

In "Future Relics," Kimber mines his Bondi studio environment for artifacts, creating impressions from ornamental motifs, limestone columns, bubbled windows, and pavement patterns. They are cast into moulds, along with personal effects like paint palettes, ceramic mugs, plastic particles, and fauna. He then breaks and remixes the pieces with cast archives from past studios. Assembled excavation-style on the ground, they are enshrined as islands of form and texture, through the process of pouring, marking, and setting. Presented as wall-based panels, the works of this artist are able to catch the attention of the viewers with their skatey gestures, boney curves, and chromatic grouping. The works allude to Kimber's surrounding architecture of historic buildings and the sea.

"Mason Kimber is anchored by the inbetweenness of architecture and memory: places that serve as timestamps, surfaces that form sentiment, colours that trigger. Born and raised in Perth, the artist moved home several times, before decamping to Sydney a decade ago, where the erratic city rental climate had him hopping studios every year. Kimber has since developed a painting practice that deals with the collision of experienced places - interiors and exteriors that have become sanctuaries for the artist," the Sophie Gannon Gallery writes.

Mason Kimber completed an MFA, majoring in Painting in 2013. In 2014, he was awarded the NAS Residency: British School at Rome, a three-month studio residency funded by National Art School donors. While in Italy, Kimber developed a fascination with the technique of using Fresco, or painting straight onto plaster, which he has incorporated into his own painting practice. Kimber is represented by Galerie Pompom in Sydney, and held his first solo commercial exhibition there in 2015. He was recently commissioned to create a new body of work for the NEW16 exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne (ACCA) in March 2016, which brought together eight emerging artists from around Australia.

The exhibition will be on view through May 26, 2018, at Sophie Gannon Gallery, 2 Albert St, Richmond VIC 3121, Melbourne, Australia.

For details visit: https://sophiegannongallery.com

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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