Sutton Gallery stands on what always was and always will be the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We respectfully recognise their ancestors and Elders past and present. We acknowledge Aboriginal connection to material and creative practice on these lands for more than 60,000 years.
Laresa Kosloff: New Futures™ at Benalla Art Gallery
Benalla Art Gallery will present Laresa Kosloff: New Futures™, a presentation of the artist’s recent video works, Radical Acts (2020) and the titular New Futures™ (2021).
Rendered from generic, commercial stock footage, Kosloff’s work elicits acerbic criticism from dystopian, unsettling stories that invoke the mundanity of corporate-led late-capitalist societies. Often entwining darkly humorous themes with uncanny yet fathomable storylines, Kosloff manipulates and edits stock footage to constantly shift narratives, presenting alternative and speculative futures unshackled from the authorial presence of the artist. These works in turn often attend to matters of moral corruption, political apathy, tensions between socio-cultural values and representation in the public realm.
Laresa Kosloff: New Futures™ is an official exhibition of PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography, a major biennial of new photography and ideas taking place from 1–24 March in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Laresa Kosloff: New Futures™ Benalla Art Gallery 23 February – 28 April 2024
Gordon Bennett: Thin Lines at Melbourne Art Fair
Sutton Gallery is pleased to present Gordon Bennett: Thin Lines, fourteen abstract line paintings on paper from the highly acclaimed contemporary artist Gordon Bennett.
The presentation comprises a series of paintings exhibited at Melbourne Art Fair for the first time in their history, twenty years on from their production in February 2004, and ten years on from the artist’s untimely passing.
Melbourne Art Fair Booth C2 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 22–25 February
Catherine Bell in ‘One foot on the ground, one foot in the water’ at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery
Catherine Bell’s series of hand-carved sculptures from floral foam, Final resting place (2018–19), will be on show at the Caboolture Regional Art Gallery as a part of the touring group exhibition One foot on the ground, one foot in the water.
On tour from NETS Victoria, the exhibition centres the practices of artists who explicate materially the precarity of our contemporary condition. Yoking thematics of mortality through a material practice, harnessing the lingering uncertainty and infinite permutations of future, this show weaves an inseparable link between life and death through a considered collation of contemporary artists in Australia.
One foot on the ground, one foot in the water Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Caboolture, QLD 9 March – 1 June 2024
Priorities: Charlotte Posenenske and Peter Robinson at Artspace Aotearoa
Artspace Aotearoa will present a two-person exhibition showcasing the work of seminal German artist Charlotte Posenenske (1930–1985) and leading Aotearoa artist Peter Robinson. Coupled together here to examine how each artist establishes grammars of expression by testing out systems of assembly, seriality, and repetition, Priorities: Charlotte Posenenske and Peter Robinson will showcase each artist’s proficiency to push at the intrinsic nature of space and its undeniably social potential.
Presented in dialogue here, the presentation at Artspace Aotearoa examines the process through which their respective work asks fundamental questions of us as an audience: what are the rules of engagement here? How do we relate to one another? Do we want to participate in this? What happens next? Expanding on this, both artists have necessarily wrestled with the legitimacy of art and the artworld as a territory where change can happen. Spanning sculpture, painting, film, and archival documentation, in this exhibition we encounter an arc of contemporary sculptural practice that calls up its very emergence as a Western construct in mid 20th-century Europe to our present-day Aotearoa.
In this artworld-in-the-world we are invited to consider our bodies in relation to edges, where one thing ends and another begins. This activates the spatio-political quality of time with both artists tapping into this ambiguity: time as a monetizable measure, as an expressive singularity, as a language. This exhibition dives into form: waka, or tongues, or chimneys, or motorways, as well as the labour that it takes to produce all of this—our world in which we live together.
Priorities: Charlotte Posenenske and Peter Robinson Artspace Aotearoa 10 February – 6 April 2024