Vivienne Binns Minding Clouds

12 March –
16 April 2016

Sutton Gallery is pleased to present Vivienne Binns’ solo exhibition featuring a dramatic large scale painting which deftly illustrates her interest in materiality and visual languages. Binns came to prominence in the late 1960s and has established herself as a highly respected and astute artist within the Australian artistic landscape. Her early practice undertook a groundbreaking and provocative examination of womanhood and sexuality in Australia. Throughout the 70s she implemented a number of collaborative projects in rural communities, which saw her travel around country New South Wales in a caravan involving people in arts projects along the way. Having now returned to a focus on studio-based painting, Binns’ current work draws on the knowledge and experience she has gained during more than forty years of practice as a visual artist.

Minding Clouds is Binns’ third painting of this size featuring vignettes combined with a basic ground. Each painting attempts to deal with the impossible complexities of being, living, humanity, culture, and difference, that make up consciousness, and shape our unconscious – particularly, as experienced by the artist.

In this series of three paintings, Binn’s grapples with these complexities by employing multiple images, focal points and fragments all combined on the one surface. The vignettes in Minding Clouds are taken from newspapers and magazines, postcards, and her own photographs and friends photographs, all collected over time.

My life is pretty simple these days; I work in the studio in my backyard in Canberra with whatever thoughts, feelings, ideas and memories come to me. I’m not politically active now and don’t travel much. So the world comes to me mostly through television, newspapers, magazines, books, movies, friends etc. All this stuff is the fuel for my continuing quest of making sense of existence; the world, living, society and humanity, art and relationship, understanding and love, hatred and intolerance, killing and death, pain and dying, acceptance and peace – the universe and everything!

Body, senses and mind, it’s all I have, manifesting through materials and actions; this work is a result of thinking in that way.
– Vivienne Binns, 2016

Recent solo exhibitions include NOT ALL BY ME, TCB, Melbourne, 2015; 2011, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2011; Everything New is Old Again, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2008; and Vivienne Binns, touring exhibition curated by Merryn Gates, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart; The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian, 2006-8. Recent group shows include Pop to Popism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2015; Binns + Valamanesh, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, 2014; Zero Dollar Show, curated by Liang Luscombe, WestSpace’s The West Wing, Melbourne Central shopping complex, Melbourne, 2011; Stick it!: Collage in Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 2010; Something in the Air: Collage and Assemblage in Canberra Region Art, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra 2010; Time and Space: Art and Artist Run Spaces 1970 to Now, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney 2010; and Cross Currents: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2007. Binns has also participated in significant local and international exhibitions such as Vision in Disbelief, 4th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 1982; Eureka, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK 1982; and Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 1981. Her work is held in major museums and collections throughout Australia.

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