Jane Trengove Ceci n’est pas

16 November –
14 December 2019
Jane Trengove


, 2019
archival print
40 x 40 cm

This installation extends Jane Trengove’s ongoing project Painting Element Series which began in 2005. Here, she plays off a simple geometrical circle against the evocation of the real and celestial moon, and pays her dues to Rene Magritte’s work focused on the language of painting – and his renowned “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (The Treachery of Images, 1929).

With each iteration in this sequence, one element from the primary painting tool kit is applied to broader discourses in painting and photography, representation and abstraction, perception and reality.  Trengove does not literally present the chosen element, (in this case – space), but she does allude to its intrinsic nature.  Whilst reviewing painting traditions of the past, her intention is to claim an explorative place for painting as credible and relevant in contemporary visual culture.

Selected solo exhibitions

Certainty, with Susan Long, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2017; Pointillism, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2015; Thank you, Painting Element Series: Treatment, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2012; This One is for You, with Susan Long, Techno Park Studios, Melbourne, 2012; Under Study, Painting Element Series: Form, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2011; White Noise: power and corruption, Sutton Gallery Project Space, Melbourne, 2008; Breathing, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2007; Painting Element, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2005; P.O.V, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2003; Field, Canberra Contemporary Arts Space, Canberra, 2003.

Selected group exhibitions

FEM-aFFINITY, Arts Project Australia and NETS Tour, curated by Catherine Bell, 2019; 9 x 5 exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2017; f generation: feminisim, art, progressions, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, 2015; National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, 2012; Pulp, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; Darwin’s Bastards, Verge Gallery, Sydney, 2009; Who Let The Dogs Out, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, New South Wales, 2008.

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