Neon Parc is delighted to announce a two-person exhibition of Melbourne based artists Mira Gojak and Elizabeth Newman, to be held at the gallery's Brunswick location.
Designed to tease out formal and conceptual concerns in each artists' work, the exhibition will comprise of sculpture, painting, drawing and objects. Both artists create works with a deft and delicate aesthetic, yet they present a unique take on late modernist practice, thus refining a sense of classical and recurring motifs in contemporary art.
Gojak's practice incorporates sculpture, installation, and drawing. Both her drawings and immersive three-dimensional sculptures are characterised by lyrical lines which convey a sense of rhythm and movement, whilst investigating form, volume and space. As such, she has described her work as bodily gestures that express the tension between two actions: to expand and extend out into the world, and to contract and retreat. Gojak will exhibit sculptures which will spread throughout the gallery space. She is represented by Murray White Room, Melbourne.
Newman's practice encompasses paintings, works on paper, photographs and ready-to wear garments. Featured in this exhibition will be new paintings and fabric works. Her paintings question the parameters and definitions of the medium. They are opaque, deliberately being devoid of any subject matter or conscious intention, often engaging only with the language of painting itself, as while they refer to, and suggest traditions of modernist painting, they deliberately fail to live up to its perfection and enlightened ideals.
Mira Gojak (born 1963 Adelaide, lives and works in Melbourne) studied science, psychology and zoology in Adelaide before relocating to Melbourne and completing a fine arts degree in 1992. Recent solo exhibitions include Distant Measures, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne 2016; Erased blue, brackets and arrows, Murray White Room, Melbourne, 2015; Mira Gojak, presented by Monash University Museum of Art, curated by Kirrily Hammond, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art & Design, Monash University, 2010. Selected group exhibitions include Future Eaters, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2017; The Piranesi Effect, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, 2014; Different Strokes, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW, 2014; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013. In 2005 Gojak was awarded the inaugural Maddock's Art Prize. Her work is included in the collections of The Art Gallery of South Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne and Artbank.
Elizabeth Newman's (born 1962 Melbourne, lives and works in Melbourne) practice spans over three decades, over which time her work has come to be regarded as a significant advance to formalist-conceptualist discourse in Australia. Recent solo exhibitions include The effect that is propagated is not from the communication of speech but from the displacement of discourse, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2016; Elizabeth Newman, Hamish McKay, Wellington, New Zealand, 2013; Axiom, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2013; Elizabeth Newman, Art Copenhagen, Copenhagen, 2012; The Unprecedented Dark Light of the New Letters, CAST, Hobart, 2009. Select group exhibitions include Fabrik: conceptual, minimalist and performative approaches to textiles, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2016; No You're Product, Slopes, Melbourne, 2014; Re-raising Consciousness, TCB, Melbourne, 2014; Flow, Prague Biennale 6, Czech Republic, 2013; In The Cut, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, 2013; Melbourne Now, The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013. The artist's monograph More than What There Is was published in 2013. Her work is included in major Australasian public and private collections such as The National Gallery of Victoria, The Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, The Kerry Stokes Collection, The Dobell Foundation Collection, The Sir James and Lady Cruthers Collection, Monash University Museum of Art, Hewlett Packard Australia and The William Bowness Collection.
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