The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery produces and presents exhibitions of Australian and international art as well as important national touring exhibitions. The exhibition program explores a dynamic and diverse spectrum of visual arts practice.
Exhibition catalogues and publications, as well as art objects and gifts, are available for sale in the Gallery shop.
In her first solo exhibition in Australia, internationally acclaimed artist Bharti Kher offers a window into her richly textured practice. Her distinctive signature application of saris, bindis and moulded forms is on display in a selection of wall works and sculptures that imply a narrative. Kher’s elegant yet diverse work is visceral and allegorical, stemming from the pulse of her New Delhi studio and informed by a curious and cognisant imperative.
Figurative sculptures resist definition, dancing between mythical goddess and contemporary portraits. Cell-like orbs and ellipses of layered bindis float in fields of colour, suggesting bodily association. Inscribed rice grains invite reflection upon cultural and physical sustenance, social and linguistic attribution. Kher’s language is her own and it has brought her global recognition in the contemporary art world.
Image: Bharti Kher, Warrior with cloak and shield, 2008, Courtesy the Artist and Hauser & Wirth
Revealing Aboriginal, Melanesian and Southeast Asian art from the Berndt Museum
Via the intertwining of fibre, feather, paper, recycled blankets, string, seeds and other qualitative materials, INTERWOVEN brings to life a series of items created by generations of culturally distinctive makers from Aboriginal Australia, Melanesia and South-east Asian settings.
A rich mix of textured, colourful, tactile items on display will include a Tjanpi bicycle, baskets made from feathers and seeds, songkets, thangka, miniatures, colourful fibre dilly bags, a woven ceiling-hung fish trap, paintings, prints and sculptures.
INTERWOVEN will leave you with a deepened understanding about the intricacy and the intimacy of making and meaning across all cultural life.
Image: Yam mask, woven cane with ochres. Middle Sepik , Papua New Guinea. Anderson, J Collection. Berndt Museum. [Acc. No. 358].