Coming soon – Yhonnie Scarce

April 17, 2014

We are looking forward to our upcoming exhibitions of new work by Yhonnie Scarce.

Yhonnie Scarce is currently exhibiting in the Biennale of Sydney (AGNSW) and major work has recently been acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. Her solo exhibition at dianne tanzer gallery + projects draws on research into eugenics and scientific experimentation upon Aboriginal people. Scarce employs techniques that use medical equipment to pinch and pull her glass bush-fruits – metaphors for the manipulation of culture – a significant theme that Yhonnie exposes through her work. Scarce’s glass work is as delicate in its beauty as it is strong in the stories that it embodies.

The Silence of Others – May 31 – June 21

Yhonnie Scarce (Installation) at the Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Photography: Janelle Low

Yhonnie Scarce featured in New York Times

April 9, 2014

The New York Times features Yhonnie Scarce’s provocative work ” Weak in Colour But Strong in Blood” in their review of the Biennale of Sydney.

Now showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Scarce’s laboratory-like installation references past experiments carried out on Indigenous Australians, comprising blown glass, medical equipment and set under harsh lights.

The Biennale of Sydney continues until the 9th of June 2014.




November 21, 2013

Juan Ford and Yhonnie Scarce are both presenting major new installations as a part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s landmark exhibition Melbourne Now. This is the NGV’s largest and most ambitious exhibition with nearly 400 artists, architects, designers and creative practitioners participating.

Visit both venues to interact with Juan Ford’s installation at the NGV International, and discover Yhonnie Scarce’s dramatic new commission in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Galleries of NGV Australia.

Melbourne Now is open until 23 March 2014 and entry is free.

Juan Ford, You, Me and the Flock, 2013, wallpaper & vinyl stickers, dimensions variable

Biennale of Sydney 2014 – Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Cook

October 30, 2013

Wonderful news.  Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Cook have each been selected to exhibit major new work in the prestigious   19th Biennale of Sydney 2014

The 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire will be presented from 21 March – 9 June 2014, under the artistic direction of Juliana Engberg.

Please click the following links to see examples of their work: Yhonnie Scarce        Michael Cook   

Yhonnie Scarce at Jam Factory, SA. Photo: James Grosse

Michael Cook at Debil, Debil, Carriageworks Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney


Yhonnie Scarce – The Cultivation of Whiteness

October 11, 2013

Yhonnie Scarce uses glass as more than a mere material; acting as a lens and a mirror, it both reflects and exposes the tragedies of Australia’s colonisation. Like archaeological objects, Scarce uses her glass works to tell stories and bear witness. Akin to a gatherer of bush food Scarce creates glass-gatherings of the persecuted. The repetition of brittle ambiguous bodies collected for experimentation and examination conjures the relentless impact of colonization and the litany of abuses suffered by Aboriginal people.

Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia. She belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. One of the first contemporary Australian artists to explore the political and aesthetic power of glass, Scarce describes her work as “politically motivated and emotionally driven”.

Scarce is currently exhibiting in Personal Structures, a collateral exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennale and is also a current finalist of the Western Australia Indigenous Art Award. In 2012 Scarce held a residency and exhibited at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum, University of Virginia USA and participated in Aboriginal art symposiums at Seattle Art Museum and the Hood Museum, New Hampshire. Later this year Scarce will be featured in Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Please e-mail the gallery if you have any enquiries:

Yhonnie Scarce, The Cultivation of Whiteness, 2013, 60 pieces blown glass and glass beakers. (Detail)





September 24, 2013

Yhonnie Scarce has been announced as a finalist of the 2013 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.

Developed by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and presented by the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the awards are designed to showcase and raise the profile of Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists and art from south-eastern Australia, and facilitate economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

The winners will be announced on Saturday 2 November 2013 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Visit the VIAA website for more information.

Yhonnie also featured on SBS Radio last week – click here to listen to the full interview online.

Yhonnie Scarce, Not Willing to Suffocate, 2012, glass, painted metal, 65 x 15 x 20cm each


August 16, 2013

Yhonnie Scarce has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards.

WAIAA, the richest Indigenous arts prize in the country, is a national award to celebrate the breadth, diversity and excellence of art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant and ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian art, culture and society.

The $50,000 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award will be awarded to the artist whose work in the awards exhibition is considered by the selection panel to be the most outstanding. The winner of this award will be announced at the opening event on Thursday 22 August 2013.

Yhonnie will also be delivering an artist talk on Saturday 24 August at 10am at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

For more information and complete list of finalists, please visit the WAIAA website.

Yhonnie Scarce, Burial Ground 2011, blown glass and perspex, 33 x 133 x 38cm


June 19, 2013

Yhonnie Scarce and Amy Joy Watson are featuring in Heartland: Contemporary Art from South Australia, which opens this Friday 21 June at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

HEARTLAND is an exhibition of contemporary art from South Australia that premieres new works of art made for the exhibition as well as selected works that have rarely been seen.

The title of the exhibition proposes an expansion of the genre of landscape to include the geographic, the political, the ecological, the immaterial, the emotional and even the spiritual. It consciously deviates from the use of the term landscape to include Indigenous and settler narratives. HEARTLAND hopes to generate new ways of thinking about who and where we are.

Curated by Nici Cumpston, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Lisa Slade, Project Curator
Free admission
21 June – 8 September 2013

Yhonnie Scarce, Cultivation of whiteness (detail), 2013, 60 pieces blown glass, 1L glass beakers, dimensions variable


May 30, 2013

Personal Structures, an official satellite exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennale, opens this week at Palazzo Bembo in Venice. The exhibition features Blood on the Wattle by Yhonnie Scarce, an installation that comprises a perspex coffin holding close to 300 blown glass black bush yams.

Yhonnie will be holding an artist talk at 4pm Friday 31 May at Palazzo Bembo – all welcome.

Personal Structures
1 June – 24 November 2013
Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy

Yhonnie Scarce, Blood on the Wattle, 2013
Palazzo Bembo, Venice, installation view 

dianne tanzer gallery + projects goes overseas…

May 14, 2013

dianne tanzer gallery + projects will be closed Monday 20 May  - Wednesday 29 May whilst we are exhibiting at Art Basel Hong Kong. We won’t be without our iPads so do not hesitate to email any enquiries to Check Facebook and Twitter for continuous updates of our solo presentation with Juan Ford!

Yhonnie Scarce is also packing her bags for the Venice Biennale – opening the last week of May. Watch this space for news and images of Yhonnie’s work at the Palazzo Bembo as part of this prestigious exhibition!



JUAN FORD @ Art Basel Hong Kong, Thursday 23 May
2pm at Booth 3D-18

YHONNIE SCARCE @ Personal Structures, Friday 31 May
4pm at Palazzo Bembo, Venice

Juan Ford, Entwine and Implode, Detail, 2013, oil on linen, 91x71cm

Yhonnie Scarce, Blood on the Wattle, Detail, 2013, 292 pieces blown glass, perspex, steel, aluminium and fabric, 210x70x60cm


These projects have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body.