Stella Corkery, Miles Hendricks, Lara Merrett, André Piguet, 

Nicola Shanley & Kathy Temin

The Establishment, Sydney

12 - 14 September 2019

Sumer is pleased to present a selection of recent works by practitioners from Australia and New Zealand.

In these works we see traces, remnants and erosions – indexical signs, diffuse images and debased forms. The works possess seemingly contradictory attributes: gothic and camp, crassness and beauty, solemnity and jest.

Kathy Temin’s unmistakable monochrome faux-fur wooded landscapes draw on the cartoon-comedic and the classically formal. Lara Merrett’s immersion inks on drop-cloth canvas attend to both ab-ex sanctimony and the unprecious everyday – replete with holes and patched repairs. André Piguet constructs his own material vocabulary, in screen-like wash painting and 3D-printed sculpture. Miles Hendricks’ paintings, too, host the index of a personal realm, simultaneously imaginary and also culturally concrete: wizards, castles, toadstools and Pokemon speak to a specifically contemporary anachronism; Nicola Shanley similarly mines a baroque sensibility into the present.

Reflecting revised understandings of conventional modes of painting and sculpture, these objects assert a worldliness – an awareness of what has come before – yet seem unwilling to accept their context as given.

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