16 March 2013 - 13 April 2013

Eugene Carchesio, 21 years in this space - works from the museum of contemporary $ilence


Since the early 1980s, Eugene Carchesio has built a solid reputation producing small-scale drawings and sculptures. He works on an intimate scale, with diverse materials including matchboxes, cardboard, graph paper and more conventional art materials-especially watercolour on paper, to produce a visual language that is minimal and considered.

Fusing geometric patterns with figurative symbolism, Carchesio's simplified, unassuming forms and structures exude a quiet beauty. Touching on ideas relating to myth, music, the connections between geometry and art, the science of mathematics, and notions of housing and collecting, his practice is underpinned by a desire to reveal the essence of things through an economy of imagery. His work also contains a tough conceptual foundation based around a reductive analysis of conceptual art and abstraction.

Eugene Carchesio was born in Brisbane in 1960, where he currently lives and works. Recent solo exhibitions include: Recent Works on Paper, KickArts, Cairns, 2011; Someone's Universe: the Art of Eugene Carchesio, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2008; and everything takes time takes everything, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2006. Recent group exhibitions include: TarraWarra Biennial 2012: Sonic Spheres, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria, 2012; Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art, Performance Space, Sydney, 2011; paint/h/ing, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 2010; Hybrid & Folklore, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2010; and Cubism & Australia Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2009.

Carchesio has also participated in numerous prestigious international exhibitions, including: Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2003; International Biennial of Watercolours, Slovenia, 1997; Strangers in Paradise, Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, 1993; 9th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1992; and Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1989. Carchesio's work is held in each of Australia's state gallery public collections.

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