Panta Rhei (Everything Flows)
Joseph L. Griffiths

Opening | Thursday 5 March, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates | 6 March - 4 April 2020

Panta Rhei (Everything Flows) uses experimental paper-marbling techniques to visualise the hidden hydro-geological flows that shape the urban landscape. It continues Griffiths’ exploration of cities, waterways and infrastructure, as historical artefacts that represent our social, cultural and ecological values. His practice incorporates drawing, sculpture, installation, artist books and site-interventions. These projects develop through fieldwork, archival research, and building personal relationships. Joseph completed an MFA at Monash University (2018), under the supervision of Callum Morton and Nicholas Mangan and a BFA from the Victorian College of the Arts (2007). He has exhibited nationally and internationally at MACRO Testaccio (Rome), Villa Medicis (Rome), Centrum (Berlin), The British School at Rome, 19th Biennale of Sydney, Station Gallery (Melbourne), Esbjerg Kunstmuseum (Denmark), Atelier Richelieu (Paris) and Next Wave Festival (Melbourne). He has undertaken residencies in Sydney, Rome, Copenhagen, Paris, Mauritius, and regional France. His works are held in private collections in Australia, France and by Esbjerg Kunstmuseum in Denmark. Joseph is currently a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary.

This body of work has been informed by fieldwork and research undertaken at Darebin Parklands Leachate Treatment System. The artist would like to thank Peter Wiltshire, James Nguyen, Ros Bandt and Arthur McDevitt for their help in shaping the thinking around this project. The exhibition title is borrowed from Greek philosopher Heraclitus (6th Century BC) who understood reality as a fluid process of constant change.

The 2020 Gertrude Glasshouse exhibition program is generously supported by The City of Yarra.

Image | Joseph L. Griffiths,  17.9.2019,10:42am (detail). 2019, ink, water, solvent and leachate on paper, acrylic and aluminium fixtures, 42 x 65cm. Courtesy of the artist.