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Late Summer
Todd McMillan and Sarah Mosca

10 April -
13 June 2021

Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High Street, Preston South

Opening: 9 April, 6-8pm

You can always tell when late Summer arrives, people often say with a low-spirited tone that Summer is over. But it is not, it is simply in the process of becoming something else. Clothes not yet packed away, leaves not fallen. With very little change, it is almost like a fifth season. The high of Summer has given way to the pause of Late Summer.

This exhibition is a conversation about the perpetual mutability of things; statues decayed by time, signals of distress. ‘Late Summer’, is about the relationships between things, objects and ideas, about history and what the world might look like next summer. 

Todd McMillan
Todd McMillan’s practice returns repeatedly to images of the sea and the sky. While these sites of the sublime pay homage to the favourite subjects of the Romantic tradition, McMillan’s depictions of nature are imbued with a more contemporary melancholy. The works act as pensive records and provocations, that wrestle with existential risk and the possible endgame humanity now faces.

Sarah Mosca
Sarah Mosca’s practice negotiates the role of photography and its historical nuance, drawing from theoretical texts regarding photography’s relationship to truth to her current enquiry, re-contextualising the ‘gaze’ within contemporary feminist philosophy. Threading together themes of sorrow and fiction she asks philosophical questions about authenticity, formlessness and aesthetics. These explorations of meaning and narrative flirt with ideas of representation examining the materiality of photographs and its attendant possibilities as sculptural artefacts. 

Both artists are represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.


  • Todd McMillan
  • Sarah Mosca
Public Program

Artist Talk: Todd McMillan and Sarah Mosca

Artist TalkFriday 9 April, 7amGertrude Contemporary

Join artist Todd McMillan and Sarah Mosca and Gertrude's Artistic Director Mark Feary for an in-conversation on the opening day of their exhibition Late Summer.

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Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High Street
Preston South VIC
Melbourne, Australia

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