Tina Haim – Tina Haim-Wentscher – Tina Wentcher Sculptor: 1887-1974
24 July – 12 November
This exhibition celebrates the life and art of Tina Wentcher, a somewhat overlooked figure in Australian sculpture whose works elegantly unite Eastern and Western aesthetic influences. The artist was born in 1887 in Constantinople and established herself as a significant sculptor in Berlin, before travelling extensively with her husband Julius throughout South East Asia. Here they produced numerous sculptures and paintings, including portraits of the local people and landscapes. After fleeing conflicts in Europe and Asia, the Wentchers arrived in Australia in 1940 and continued to produce work that brought together varied cultural and aesthetic influences. After several years of research, renowned curator Ken Scarlett OAM has traced Wentcher’s sculptures in Germany, Greece, China, Singapore, North America and Australia, with this reseacrh and key loans to be presented with McClelland’s representative collection of works by the artist.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.
Tina Wentcher modelling a Malayan woman’s head c1936. Photographer unknown.
Stephen Haley: Out of place
24 July – 12 November
Working in painting and digital media, Stephen Haley uses 3D modelling software to explore the virtual and actual environments of contemporary experience. Where once we inhabited particular and unique places, these are increasingly replaced by generic constructed space. Haley transforms seemingly unremarkable urban surroundings into complex spatial and visual phenomena, to highlight the current conditions of rapid urbanisation, digital evolution and environmental degradation. This exhibition features a selection of Haley’s recent constructed photographs and video work, including vast aerial vistas of metropolitan spaces and driving simulations.
Stephen Haley, Simmer City 2016, digital lightjet print 125.0 x 125.0 cm. Image courtesy the artist and MARS Gallery.
Haley lives and works in Melbourne. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1991, and has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally for the past 18 years.
Stephen Haley is represented by MARS Gallery, Melbourne.