12.11.10 – 11.12.10
This catalogue was published on the occasion of Gertrude Contemporary’s 2010 Studio Artists’ exhibition, presenting an unrivalled selection of new work by Australia’s most innovative young artists.
As an organization that fosters artists in the first fifteen years of their career through studio residencies, exhibitions, touring exhibitions, publications and educational programmes, Gertrude Contemporary offers an environment where risk, experimentation and creativity are encouraged.
As such, the annual Gertrude Studio exhibition presents an unparalleled sampling of Australia’s most dynamic contemporary art practice. Featuring sixteen artists and collaborative groups working across a range of disciplines, the 2010 Gertrude Studios exhibition extends throughout the labyrinth of Gertrude Contemporary’s gallery spaces. Selina Ou photographed couples mid-embrace and in balletic choreographed poses. Although these moments of intimacy were captured in the studio, each image is fraught with tension and emotion. Belle Bassin’s video installation showed three carnivalesque figures who flip in and out of the frame as they navigate the landscape. Also navigating the pathway was painter Geoff Newton in his replication of an internet image search, overblown in scale and comic in referenced juxtaposition
Other artists were depicting the duplicate or the ghostly within the gallery space. Collaborative group DAMP constructed an over-sized lead pencil which was performatively employed by the group before the opening, using the gallery walls as a ouija board.
Sanné Mestrom also evoked a sense of the not-quite-present with her sculptural work from a series of ‘psychological furniture’, in which familiar objects were adapted to support and hold the body, but appeared out-of-shape and lop-sided. The exhibition also featured new works by Emily Ferretti, Nathan Gray, Matt Hinkley, Susan Jacobs, Ash Keating, Silvana Mangano and Gabriella Mangano, Moya McKenna, Rob McLeish, Kate Smith, Alex Vivian and Nicki Wynnychuk.
The Gertrude Studios exhibition was generously supported by:
Suzi Carp, Gertrude’s Table, Head of the Table, Exhibitions
Baker and McKenzie, Gertrude’s Table, Studio Artists Exhibition
The Studio Artists’ catalogue was designed and sponsored by Yanni Florence
To order a copy of this book please email the Gallery Manager