08 September 2017 - 07 October 2017

Elizabeth Gower, Delineations


The complex geometries of Elizabeth Gower's new works, Delineations, are constructed entirely from precisely cut strips of printed papers derived from visual merchandising. These papers reference contemporary material culture and effectively re-arrange traces of one visual language - commerce and advertising, into another language - repetition and contemplation.

For Delineations, Gower draws from her extensive photographic archive of prototype designs from Moorish encaustic tiles, Art Nouveau wallpaper, Chinese lattice work screens, Victorian inlaid tiles, Italian terrazzo, Art Deco, Bauhaus and Modernist design, which she has modified into delicate collages of intricate linear interpretations. Cultural histories are usually recorded through figurative imagery in the visual arts, however there is a concurrent abstract language of geometric systems and repetitive codes that also trace cultural identities and socio/political developments. Delineations is the first exhibition in an ongoing series that collectively will form an extensive inventory of the language of ‘pattern' and abstraction.

Gower has held over 30 individual exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas, including shows at AC Institute, New York, USA, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, Longwood University, Virginia and Arthouse, London. Major group exhibitions, include: Self/Selfie, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, curator Fiona Sweet, 2017; Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists, Geelong Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery, Cairns Art Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery, QUT Art Gallery, 2017; Virtual Reality, curator Mark Parrish, Point [B], New York, 2015; Melbourne Now, curators Max Delany and Tony Ellwood, NGV: Australia & NGV: International Melb, 2013; Collage: the Heide Collection, curator Lesley Harding, Heide MoMA, 2013; Black elastic, two umbrellas, a mint leaf and wheels, curator Rosemary Forde, MUMA, Monash University Museum of Art, 2011; Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002.

Gower's work is held in all Australian state collections including the NGA, Canberra, in addition to Artbank, Deakin University, Geelong Art Gallery, Melbourne University, Monash University, Parliament House Canberra and Wesfarmers, Perth among others. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies, and been commissioned to make artworks for Victorian Ministry for the Arts painted tram project, Melbourne World Trade Centre, MCG Great Southern Stand, Southgate, World Congress Centre, Melbourne and Sydney Olympics Superdome.

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