John Meade Something for Everyone

25 May –
22 June 2019

John Meade combines the rigours of geometry with soft organic forms to produce eccentric, yet somehow familiar sculptures. Meade’s objects and installations are at once sophisticated, elegant and playful. His unexpected pairings of colour – determined in part by his use of industrial materials and processes – complete the composition of his forms.

Something for Everyone is a body of work that Meade has scaled to suit the home, all of which revisit and extend upon already existing sculptures. Aiming for both formal and conceptual accessibility, each piece is underpinned by the democratic philosophy of an “Art for All”, famously adopted by Gilbert and George. The likeness of these sculptures to Meade’s previous artworks points to the artist’s interest in notions of the original, the elaboration of form and the recurrence of artistic conventions over time, both within his own oeuvre and within the wider tradition of modern art. Something for Everyone resumes the avant-garde’s project of collapsing the categorical boundaries between “art” and “life” and – if only by default – reiterates Meade’s own ability to effortlessly handle shifts in scale from the intimate to the epic.

Selected solo exhibitions:

Set Pieces, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; Autumn 2014, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; The Desultory Arabesque, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; Objects to Live By: The Art of John Meade, Latrobe Valley Regional Gallery and touring nationally, 2010-2011; Show Business, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; New Weekly, Ocular Lab, Melbourne, 2008; Aftermath, Sutton Galley, Melbourne, 2005; Incident in the Museum 2: John Meade, MUMA, Melbourne, 2005; Dreamer, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2004; Objects and Protestations, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2003; Propulsion, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2001. 

Selected group exhibitions:

Brent Harris/John Meade, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2018; TarraWarra Biennial: From Will to Form, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, 2018; The Enigma Code, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, 2018; 9 x 5 exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2017; Benglis 73/74, Neon Parc in association with Sutton Project Space and TCB, Melbourne, 2014; The Gathering ll, A Survey of Australian Sculpture, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, 2014; Sleep on the Left Side, Gallery Seven Art, New Delhi, 2012; PICA Salon, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, 2011; ShContemporary 08, Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, China, 2008; Before The Body – Matter, MUMA, Melbourne, 2006; Adventures with Form in Space, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2006; Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: 21st Century Modern, Adelaide, 2006.

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