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
Wonderful news. Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Cook have each been selected to exhibit major new work in the prestigious 19th Biennale of Sydney 2014
Yhonnie Scarce at Jam Factory, SA. Photo: James Grosse
Michael Cook at Debil, Debil, Carriageworks Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney
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.
Yhonnie Scarce, The Cultivation of Whiteness, 2013, 60 pieces blown glass and glass beakers. (Detail)
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
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.
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
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
21 June – 8 September 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Colour Theory is a new art series from NITV looking at cutting edge and developing communities and collectives that are producing contemporary work that reflects the up and coming artistic development within the creative Indigenous community, that up until now has had little exposure to a wider society.
Be sure to watch NITV this Sunday 5th May at 8pm!
Charles Robb’s sculptural work Trophy, acquired by the Gallery in 2003, can be viewed in the NGV Australia entrance foyer, while Yhonnie Scarce’s major works The Collected (2010) and Oppression, Repression (Family Portrait) (2004) feature in the new re-hang of the Indigenous Galleries on the ground level.
Charles Robb, Trophy, 2002, fibreglass, polyester resin, synthetic polymer paint, steel, dimensions variable
installation view, National Gallery of Victoria