exhibitions

DALE HARDING: THE GOLDEN MILE
06.04.2019 – 18.05.2019

The Golden Mile
Dale Harding
6 April - 18 May
Opening: Friday 5 April, 6-8pm

The Golden Mile is Dale Harding’s first solo exhibition in Melbourne, and expands upon a central mode of practice developed over recent years by the artist, working with members of family and connecting to and embedding an ancestral lineage in his storytelling. Working within a reductionist palette of natural yellow ochre using dry pigments mixed with natural binders, Harding and familial collaborators have worked on a series of canvases in Brisbane where the artist is based. In this form the works have been transported to Melbourne and sequentially installed upon the gallery walls. Thereafter, all discernible images are obliterated, culminating in the eradication of the works utilising the white paint of the gallery. Through this, the paintings remain merely as a trace of the performative enactment of their erasure, as if to be residual rectangular stencils of an act unseen. Repositioned in the gallery as now whitewashed paintings, these erased works remain as echoes of an act that is not one of violence or censor, but rather, a respectful acknowledgement of the artist presenting work in a place, on country, that he does not have direct connection to.  

Dale Harding (Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples, Central Queensland) lives and works in Brisbane. Selected recent solo exhibitions include Current Iterations, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2019); The Drive Home, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2018); To cast a bright shadow, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2017); I refuse you my death, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2016); White Collared, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015); and Colour by Number, Metro Arts, Brisbane (2012). Selected recent group exhibitions include Soon enough: art in action, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); Beautiful world, where are you? 2018 Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool; From Will to Form: 2018 TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville; Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2017); dOCUMENTA (14), Athens and Kassel (2017); The National: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale, Republic of Korea (2016); and Ua numi le fau, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2016).

 
Dale Harding is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

JAMIE NORTH: SLAG STUDIES
06.04.2019 – 18.05.2019

Slag Studies
Jamie North
6 April - 18 May
Opening: Friday 5 April, 6-8pm

Working with arcane methods of mineral and resource extraction, Jamie North has gained critical attention for his ruinous appearing sculptures made from hand-produced concrete. Treating a traditionally mass-produced process with artisanal care, North creates formal structures that appear to have been weathered and deteriorated by the elements, while fostering and supporting emerging plant-life. Slag Studies begins to unpack the modes of production for which the artist is renowned. In a suite of photographic works, North depicts the industrial process of extracting iron, rendered moodily dark and foreboding, with machinery moving to tip molten slag into a churned landscape. In each, the slag pot appears as a fierce and luminous embodiment of energy, not dissimilar to the sun. This circular motif echoes throughout the sculptural works through the coring of slag rocks resulting in cylindrical tunnels. Some of these are filled with water, while in others lithophytes nestle in the cavities, bringing the carboniferous process full cycle. Each sculpture alludes to the various studio processes the artist employs in the making of his sculptural work, with the slag that has been used primarily as a material component in previous works essentialised and taking centre stage.

Jamie North lives and works in Sydney. Selected recent solo exhibitions include Worlds, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2019); Swamp Anatomy, Neon Parc, Melbourne (2018); Slidings, The Lock-Up, Newcastle (2017); Remainder, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2016); Rock Melt, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2015); Terraforms, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2014); and innoerouter, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2013). Selected recent group exhibitions include 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); Fleurieu Art Prize, Samstag Museum, University of South Australia, Adelaide (2016); Concrete, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2014) and Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center, Istanbul (2015); Nature/Revelation, Ian Potter Museum, University of Melbourne; and the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for Emerging Artists, Artspace, Sydney (2013).

Jamie North is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.