Artist talks: Asking difficult questions
Three artists confront the challenging times we live in
How does art allow us to examine the world we live in and impact change? More than ever, artists are asking tough questions and responding to the unstable times we live in, through artworks that are intricate, complex and often charged with a sense of precariousness.
Hear from three Australian artists who tackle difficult questions through their creative practice.
Image: Robert Andrew
M. Sunflower (appearing in lieu of Rosell Flatley)
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rosell Flatley is unable to give her artists’ talk tonight as previously advertised. The Gallery apologizes for any inconvenience. Artist M. Sunflower, a fellow participant in the Front-Up program has kindly agreed to speak in Rosell’s place.
M. Sunflower is a culturally diverse Australian artist, with an Aboriginal (Dharug), Lebanese, Chinese and convict background. She identifies as having a disability. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on photography, collage, painting, drawing, sculpture and craft, exploring concepts of identity, mental health, society, feminism, body positivity, activism, pop culture, the nature of being & the universe itself. Sunny has been part of several programs with Front Up, a disability-led arts and cultural program helping emerging and experienced artists to broaden their career opportunities. Tonight, she will speak about her politicized work, addressing body image in the context of the Gallery’s collection of idealised 19th-century paintings and sculptures.
Wednesday 12 June 2019 5:30pm – 5:50pm
Robert Andrew’s work combines electromechanical mechanisms that erode and expose substrates, build stories and create residues. A descendant of the Yawuru people from the Broome area, Western Australia, he also holds European and Filipino heritage. Andrew’s practice explores his Australian Indigenous ancestry and engages with modes of visual storytelling that rely on programmable technologies. These works manifest as visually scraped-back and built-up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and artefacts. In 2012 Andrew completed a bachelor’s degree at Griffith University, Brisbane; he is currently completing a doctorate in visual arts. Robert Andrew’s work is part of The National 2019 at the Gallery.
Wednesday 12 June 2019 7:15pm – 7:35pm
Nicholas Folland is a sculptor and installation artist, who regularly exhibits in Australia and overseas. The common thread within Nicholas Folland’s work, apart from its employment of readymade household items, is a focus on projecting beyond the boundaries and banality of everyday existence. The familiar and nostalgic materials he uses trigger a desire for another place in another time. Folland prompts the viewer to reconsider their relationship to the world, both immediate and distant. Nicholas Folland’s work is part of The National 2019 at the Gallery.
Wednesday 12 June 2019 8pm – 8:20pm