Art Gallery, NSW is presenting “Carnivalesque,” a group show at its Sydney venue, which runs through November 4, 2018.
The exhibition features work of Del Kathryn Barton, Gordon Bennett, Kate Beynon, Stephen Bush, Gajin Fujita, Brent Harris, Barry McGee, David Noonan, and Grayson Perry. “From Grayson Perry’s sprawling, satirical ‘Map of truths and beliefs’ to Del Kathryn Barton’s phantasmagoric ‘Come of things’ — these works invite us into worlds where cultures collide, familiar codes and images are turned upside down and inside out, and metamorphosis reigns,” writes the gallery. While some of the artists describe new rites and mythologies of our times in their paintings, some portray street art and urban graffiti. “All of them reflect — and reflect upon — our complex and contradictory era, when a surplus of information has produced an aesthetic of excess and overload,” adds the gallery.
Del Kathryn Barton’s fusion of art and nature in “Come of things” is a meticulous artwork in which her attention to detail almost overwhelms the subject matter. “The decadence of these images also recall the work of late 19th and early 20th century symbolists, an art movement in which color and paint existed as much for their own glittering, decaying effects as for what they could represent,” writes the gallery.
In Gordon Bennett’s “Notes to Basquiat” series of paintings, the artist takes appropriation to a new level by borrowing heavily from American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and his spontaneous and gestural urban style of painting.
Kate Beynon’s work explores her journey from her birthplace in Kowloon to her life in Australia. She lived in Singapore, Germany, and the United Kingdom before arriving in Australia in 1974. Her work embraces notions of hybrid identities and fluid cross-cultural exchanges. Stephen Bush is known for his abstract areas of paint with realist imagery in pop colors such as bright orange and strong blues in his work. Brent Harris’ work is characterized by subdued geometric abstraction. His tonal palette include fleshy pink colors and reds, yellows, and greens. Starting as a graffiti artist in 1980, Barry McGee’s murals and installations have been displayed in museums around the world. Street art remains his central focus of interest. David Noonan’s large screen printed collages have eerie qualities — familiar to half-remembered dreams.
Grayson Perry’s ceramics and other objects explore diverse historical and contemporary themes.
The exhibition is on view through November 4, 2018 at the Entrance Court of Art Gallery, NSW, Sydney. Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000, Sydney, Australia.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
Founder: Louise Blouin
Courtesy: Art Gallery NSW