Simon Denny, Lewis Fidock & Joshua Petherick, Yolunda Hickman, Jess Johnson & Simon Ward, Andrew McLeod, Luke Libera Moore, Sean Peoples & Yvonne Todd
21 July - 17 August
In association with Ashes/Ashes, Ivan Anthony, Michael Lett,
Robert Heald Gallery, Sydney & STATION
Sumer is pleased to present its latest exhibition MEATWARE. The show brings together a group of practitioners from New Zealand, Australia, and the United States; included are works by Simon Denny, Lewis Fidock & Joshua Petherick, Yolunda Hickman, Jess Johnson & Simon Ward, Andrew McLeod, Luke Libera Moore, Sean Peoples, and Yvonne Todd.
Coinciding with the opening of Jess Johnson & Simon Ward’s major exhibition Terminus at the Tauranga Art Gallery, the intention of MEATWARE is to present a series of works which complement this large museum installation in recognition of Jess Johnson, arguably the most significant artist to have come out of Tauranga.
As with Johnson & Ward, the artists featured in MEATWARE create works that actively reflect our current technocentric paradigm. Their various practices responding to a world as comprised of a series of complex systems – a world of confounding paradoxes and aporias. Cave systems, dungeons and labyrinths, voids and non-spaces are spatial constructs recurrent in the works; and their actors range from the malevolent to the comical and bizarre.
Critics have recently applied a plethora of designations for similar such work, including 'postmedia' , 'postinternet' , or most recently, 'sustainable aesthetics' ; and while the definitions of such terms vary according to the argument of its respective author, what they all similarly describe is art with a distinctly contemporary aesthetic sensibility, and approach in the treatment of subject, space, and narrativity.
The reality, or lived experience, that they reflect is one layered, mediated, and augmented; one of temporal and spatial ambiguity. They are works which meld fantasy-fiction with the quotidian, and negotiate a space which oscillates between the personal-private and ubiquitous, and geo-political.
 The Postmedium Perspective, Rhizome, Domenico QuarantaJan 12, 2011.
 What's Postinternet Got to do with Net Art?, Rhizome, Michael Connor, November 1st, 2013.
 The New Whitney Biennial Made Me See Art History in a New Way, Vulture, Jerry Saltz, May 14, 2019