Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo VIC 3550
|30 Nov 19 - 17 Mar 20|
This collection exhibition assembles a diverse cast of contemporary figurative sculpture from Bendigo Art Gallery’s collection, weaving together the ancient, spiritual, mythological and elemental.
Employing forms, symbols and materials that are familiar at human scale, each sculpture is relatable, tapping into a vernacular of the everyday. They are tangible; yet speak to the mystical and the cosmic. In this way, they converse, opening dialogues that ruminate on our primal nature, our relationship to each other and the natural world, as well as the influence of popular culture, spirituality and tradition.
We live in a time of economic, ecological and social uncertainty and rapid technological change. It might be said that such forces underlie a contemporary malaise. How do we navigate this instability? From who, what or where do we seek guidance and meaning on our quest for personal and collective certainty? The uniqueness of each artist’s work, brought together, act as a repertory of guides, teachers, companions and talismans for the future.
Featuring new acquisitions by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Simone Slee and Nell alongside works by Benjamin Armstrong, Garry Namponan, Hany Armanious, Jimmy Angunguna Penny Byrne, Roderick Yunkaporta and Ronnie van Hout.